FCO issues new warning for Britons still in European hotspots as coronavirus cases mount

Many Britons were already enjoying holidays in France and the Netherlands when the government made the decision to axe the regions from the travel corridor list on August 14. Whilst many travellers flocked to get home before the quarantine deadline, there are still plenty of Britons still enjoying vacations in both destinations.

Yet cases are continuing to rise in both regions, sparking new updates from the FCO for those who are still visiting.

In France, there has been a sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

When the government made the decision to remove it from the “quarantine-free” list, cases sat at around 32.1cases per 100,000.

As of September 2, there have been 96.6 cases per 100,000 over the last 14-days according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

With these figures in mind, the FCO is warning Britons that a “significant number of French departments now at ‘heightened vulnerability’.”

As a consequence, in a number of areas, the French Government have brought in “extra measures”.

Though Britons are not being advised to leave at this time, the FCO warns: “You should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect yourself and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.”

Face masks are a must-have for those in the country.

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“Wearing face masks in enclosed public spaces has been compulsory since 20 July,” the FCO states.

“This applies to those aged 11 and over.

“Local authorities in an increasing number of cities and regions, have extended this to also include outdoor public spaces. “Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in a fine.”

Britons in the country who have symptoms of the virus are being advised not to go directly to a doctor or emergency services due to the strain.

The FCO states: “The French government advises those with possible coronavirus symptoms to call 112.”

Britons with hopes of visiting France are continuing to be warned against travel, with all but essential travel being advised against by all member states of the UK government.

Though the Netherlands has not seen as high a spike in cases as France, the FCO has also issued updated advice to help slow the spread.

According to the ECDC, the Netherlands has recorded 41.3 cases per 100,000 in the last 14-days.

Officials in the country continue to enforce strict face mask rules.

“Non-medical face masks must be worn on public transport if you are aged 13 and over. If you do not wear a face mask on public transport you can be fined €95,” warns the FCO.

“In stations, on platforms and at bus and tram stops face masks are not required, but you must stay 1.5 metres away from others.

“Buses, trains, trams and metros can now operate at full capacity. However, you should avoid using public transport during peak hours.”

When in public spaces, if a distance of 1.5 metres seems like it can not be achieved, Britons are advised to leave the premises.

This applies to all persons over the age of 18 “in the street, in shops and other buildings.”

Much like France, though, despite the mounting numbers, Britons are not being told to rush home.

The updates come as concerns over both Greece and Portugal’s place on the travel corridor list begin to rise.

Greece was axed from Scotland’s travel corridor list late on Tuesday evening, with all new arrivals faced with 14-days of quarantine.

It is not yet known if the same fate is in store for UK travellers.

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