On Tuesday 17 March, the EU will close off all its external borders to the world for 30 days, while limiting non-essential travel within its Schengen Zone.
Europe has reported an increase in COVID-19 cases with 6 European Countries ranking amongst the top 10 in the world regarding the number of reported infections.
The EU has decided to take play out of US President Donald Trump’s playbook, who put a 30-day ban from all non-American citizens travelling from the EU.
On Tuesday 17 March at 12 noon, the EU will implement a 30-day ban restricting access to the area by non-EU members, excluding citizens from the UK.
Within its own travel-free zone, EU citizens will have their movement restricted.
“All trips between non-European countries and the EU and the Schengen zone will be suspended for 30 days,” French President Emmanuel Macron announced.
Limitations are being implemented restricted the non-essential travel which will include how far people are allowed to travel from home and for what reasons.
These very strict measures are being implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within Europe’s borders as the region is becoming one of the worst-hit areas in the world.
The coronavirus has brought a halt to almost all aspects of life with sporting fixtures being suspended until April as well as schools which have also been closed.
The public have been told to avoid any gatherings which include going to pubs and restaurants. They have also been asked to work from home where possible in order to avoid the risk of infection.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced that businesses would not have to worry about paying bill s or taxes during this time as this would overburden most companies who are already facing financial collapse due to the economic implications brought about by the COVID-19 prevention measures.
It is expected that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will also be announcing some stringent measures regarding travel within the UK this week after adopting a “suppression” method to battle the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.