UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps discussed the news during a BBC Breakfast interview on Friday.
“We’ve worked so hard in this country to reduce our level of infections, the last thing we want to do is get people to come back and bring the infection with them. It’s to protect everyone, ”he said.
According to Shapps, there are around 160,000 British holidaymakers currently in France who will be affected by the decision.
Many will now scramble to return home before the deadline to avoid mandatory quarantine.
This decision was officially announced Thursday evening by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. However, rumors of a rule change have been mounting for days due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in France.
A high-level government source told CNN on Thursday morning that Johnson plans to make the announcement Friday through Thursday, asking advisers “what’s the difference” if the announcement comes a day earlier.
The Netherlands, Malta, Monaco, Turks & Caicos and Aruba have also taken off.
The destinations included are those which offer “a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens”, according to the UK Department for Transport.