France will close its borders to countries outside the European Union from Sunday, “unless there is a compelling reason”, in order to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced this Friday evening .
“Any entry into France and any exit from our territory to or from a country outside the European Union will be prohibited, unless there is a compelling reason, from midnight Sunday,” said Jean Castex from the Elysee Palace, at the outcome of a Defense Council.
Cross-border workers, especially coming to Switzerland, are not affected.
An extension of the testing requirement
The Prime Minister specified that a negative PCR test would be required for any entry into France from a country of the European Union, “with the exception of cross-border workers”. This measure, already in force since last Sunday for maritime and air transport, must therefore be extended to land transport.
Tightening of shopping centers
In addition, non-food shopping centers of more than 20,000 m2, “that is to say those which promote the most brewing”, will be closed in France from this Sunday. From Monday the attendance gauges “will be reinforced in all supermarkets”.
The Prime Minister added that “the police and the gendarmes will be mobilized to control the non-respect of the curfew, the organization of clandestine parties and the illegal opening of restaurants in reinforced proportions”.