Europe restricts visitors from the U.S. amid virus resurgence

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LORNE COOK and TAMARA LUSH,

AP

June 30, 2020

The European Continent on Tuesday reopened to guests from 14 international locations however not the U.S., the place a few of the states that pushed hardest and earliest to reopen their economies are actually in retreat due to an alarming surge in confirmed coronavirus infections.

The European Union’s choice got here a day after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey closed bars, gyms, film theaters and water parks, and officers in Republican and Democratic strongholds alike mandated the sporting of masks.

The EU prolonged its ban on guests not simply from the U.S. however from China and from international locations reminiscent of Russia, Brazil and India the place infections are operating excessive. Britain dropped out of the EU in January and maintains its personal guidelines, requiring arriving vacationers to enter 14-day self-quarantine.

President Donald Trump suspended the entry of most Europeans in March.

American make up an enormous share of Europe’s tourism trade, and summer season is a key interval. More than 15 million Americans journey to Europe annually, whereas some 10 million Europeans head throughout the Atlantic.

The information was a blow to revenue-starved shopkeepers hoping for a summertime growth.

“Americans were 50% of my clientele,” mentioned Paola Pellizzari, who owns a masks and jewellery store on the Saint-Louis island within the coronary heart of Paris and heads its enterprise affiliation. “We can’t substitute that clientele with another.”

The Louvre museum is scheduled to reopen July 6. Americans was the most important single group of overseas guests to the house of the “Mona Lisa.”

“When I returned after lockdown, five businesses had closed,” Pellizzari mentioned. “As days go by, and I listen to the business owners, it gets worse.”

Sharmaigne Shives, an American who lives in Paris, mentioned she hopes her countrymen can flip issues round quickly.

“Paris isn’t Paris when there aren’t people who really appreciate it and marvel at everything,” she mentioned. “I miss that. Seriously, I feel the emotion welling up. It’s so sad here.”

Across the English Channel, issues are additionally headed in reverse in locations.

Britain reimposed a lockdown in Leicester, a metropolis of 330,000 people who officers mentioned accounted for 10% of all new coronavirus circumstances within the nation final week. Stores closed their doorways, and faculties ready to ship youngsters house.

“I opened my shop last week for the first time and saw an instant increase in orders, and now I worry this change will go back to no orders,” mentioned James West, who runs a design and printing enterprise in Thurmaston, simply outdoors Leicester.

The coronavirus has been blamed for over a half-million deaths worldwide, together with about 130,000 within the U.S., the place the variety of confirmed infections has rocketed over the previous month to round 40,000 per day, primarily within the South and West. A big share of the circumstances are amongst younger people who find themselves going out once more to bars and eating places.

States reminiscent of Texas, Florida and California are backtracking, closing seashores and bars or rolling again restaurant restrictions in some circumstances.

“Our expectation is that our numbers next week will be worse,” Ducey mentioned in Arizona, the place for seven instances in 10 days, the variety of new circumstances per day has surpassed the three,000 mark.

Also Monday, Los Angeles introduced it’ll shut seashores and ban fireworks shows over the Fourth of July. And New Jersey’s governor mentioned he’s suspending the restarting of indoor eating as a result of individuals haven’t been sporting masks or complying with different social-distancing guidelines.

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Associated Press reporters from around the globe contributed to this report.