The European Union (EU) is recommending a reinstatement of its 27 member state’s ban on non-essential travel from the US.
The government claims a rise in COVID-19 cases is to blame, although they will continue to accept vaccinated travelers despite spikes in cases among the vaccinated. “Nonessential travel to the EU from countries or entities not listed (on the safe list) … is subject to temporary travel restriction. This is without prejudice to the possibility for member states to lift the temporary restriction on nonessential travel to the EU for fully vaccinated travelers.”
The government’s decision to reinstate the old policy is controversial among Europeans, as millions have expressed distaste for recent COVID-19 policies. Mirroring recent massive protests in Paris, major cities across Europe have begun to protest lockdowns, vaccine passports, and mandates.
Rome, Dublin, and Athens are a few of the cities to demonstrate against their government’s latest COVID-19 policies. Protestors in Paris and Athens have clashed with police, leading to the use of tear-gas and water cannons. In France, demonstrators created a billboard disguising President Macron as Hiter, and claiming COVID-19 policies are comparable to Nazism.
Videos shared on social media show protestors chanting “no to shameful pass,” referring to France’s new health pass requiring vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter public spaces or work. A similar system is being protested in Italy, with demonstrators chanting, “no Green Pass.” The latest travel ban is likely to reignite the outspoken criticism in Europe and inspire it to travel to protestors in the US.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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