Leaders of European Union countries have agreed to close the EU’s external borders to most people from other countries for 30 days in a new effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic.
European Union member nations agreed Tuesday to close the EU’s external borders to most people from other countries for 30 days in a dramatic new effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the planned closings of the massive union’s external borders at a press conference. Movement of people within the European Union’s 27 member nations will still be allowed under the restrictions. Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission said the United Kingdom is not applying restrictions to their external borders, even though it had been invited to do so. The travel restrictions are due start as soon as the individual governments take the necessary internal measures, with Germany expected to do so by the end of Tuesday. The restrictions are not applied to medical staff, medicines nor goods.
“The union and its member states will do whatever it takes,” said European Council President Charles Michel. Michel said the EU will arrange for the repatriation of citizens of member countries.