The French government has revealed today that it intends to start lifting its strict foreclosure regulations. The country has been in detention since March 14 in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The start of this phase will begin on May 11, with the reopening of certain schools.
The ministers also highlighted 17 key areas, including returning to work, restarting public transport, and providing adequate safety equipment to the country, including an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and face masks.
Homework is still recommended, and managers will keep an eye on any developments regarding new cases of COVID-19.
More information about the lockdown is expected to be announced by President Macron later today.
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According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO): “On March 20, 2020, the French government announced tighter border controls with the United Kingdom.
“You can still cross the border to return to the UK via France.
“If you live in France, the French government has confirmed that you can continue to enter France to return to your main residence.”
The FCO is currently advising the British to avoid all but essential travel for an indefinite period, which means that even if France’s borders reopen, the British government may not allow holidays anytime soon.
French travel managers are also hesitant to consider any type of tourism in the near future.
In Spain, discussing the easing of foreclosure and the possible explosion in tourism, the Balearic Tourism Minister Lago Negueruela hinted that the British would be among the last to be welcomed back into the holiday hotspot.
He said, “There are countries like the United Kingdom that have taken too long to adopt containment measures which also put us in a different situation with them.”
Yet experts continue to remind aspiring vacationers of the unprecedented and unpredictable nature of the pandemic.
The Association of Travel Professionals ABTA says: “At the moment, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises against all non-essential overseas travel for UK nationals.
“However, this travel restriction can be removed at any time, so travel agencies do their best to manage arrangements for customers.
“Each company will have its own process for managing future departures and will contact customers in the event of an imminent trip.
“There is no legal definition of” impending journey “, but it is generally considered to occur in the coming days.
“Our advice to customers for future bookings is to be patient and wait to be contacted by your travel agent.
“Travel companies are extremely busy, given the pressures of the current crisis, and will first consider imminent departures and decide how far in advance they will offer alternative arrangements or refunds.”