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COVID-19: We Are Closing Our Borders Says French Prime Minister Jean Casted.

THE French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday 29th January 2021 announced that France will close her borders to people outside EU from Sunday 31th January, 2021.

Travel between France and countries outside the European Union will be banned from Sunday due to continued high Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates.

This decision is due to the new wave of Corona virus and the increase in the number of infected persons. 

All people looking to enter from the EU will need a negative PCR test, except for commuters.

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps later clarified the ban would not apply to hauliers, adding "trade will continue to flow smoothly".

Mr. Castex said all large shopping centers will close and travel to oversea territories will also be restricted.

There had been discussion in recent days of a potential third lockdown. Castex called the border closure “a last chance” to avoid another lockdown.

The premier also said that large shopping centres, with the exception of grocery stores, are to close from Sunday.

In addition, working from home is to be stepped up.

Details are to be worked out on Monday 1st February, 2021 in talks with employers and trade unions.

The prime minister ordered increased police checks of people who violate France's 12 hour-a-day curfew, hold secret parties, or open restaurants.

Castex also said that the police and gendarmerie would be more vigilant about compliance with coronavirus restrictions.

France currently has a curfew in place which begins at 6 p.m., with exceptions only for those commuting to work.

Jean Castex was appointed as the France Prime Minister by President Emmanuel Macron on 3 July, 2020.

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