France is urging its citizens to vacation near home this summer — and refrain from foreign trips as the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, an official said Sunday.
“We are absolutely not suggesting that the French reserve their holidays abroad. This year, the idea is to holiday in France,” Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne told France Inter radio, according to the Agence Frances-Presse.
Borne said that the country will be announcing plans to ease lockdown measures, including the current order that no one travels farther than 60 miles from their homes.
“Everyone can begin to reserve their holidays. We will be announcing the new rules during the week,” she told the outlet.
Other European countries, such as Italy, Spain and Greece, have announced plans to reopen borders and said they will welcome tourists, according to the report.
But French health officials have noted that the pandemic was far from over — even in the country, where there have been fewer cases in recent weeks.
Borne said that Paris was still considered a “red zone” and parks will remain closed there to contain outbreaks.
The country has reported at least 182,000 confirmed cases with more than 28,000 deaths, according to recent data from John Hopkins University.
With Post wires