According to E.U. officials who spoke with the Times under the condition of anonymity, the list of acceptable visitors will include countries that the E.U. believes have handled the COVID-19 pandemic well enough that their citizens do not pose a threat.
The E.U. has been closed to all visitors, including Americans, since March 16 — with a few exceptions for repatriations and essential travel — and has extended their closure twice in an effort to minimize the spread of the virus. The collective of 27 countries, which functions on the principles of free travel and free trade between the nations, plans to reopen their borders on July 1 in order to boost tourism and business to airlines.
Last month, France started lifting restrictions and on June 2, the country went further, allowing many restaurants, bars, and cafes to open along with swimming pools, beaches, and museums.
Earlier this month, another Parisian icon, the Musée du Louvre, said it will reopen on July 6, requiring visitors to wear a mask inside as well as book time slots in advance. The adjacent Tuileries Gardens reopened on May 31.
As of June 25, France has recorded nearly 198,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including more than 29,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. But France is at the bottom of its curve with hospitalizations and the number of people in intensive care decreasing over the last few weeks, the Times reported.
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