Coronavirus travel ban: What you need to know


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WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn (WWLP) – On Wednesday, President Trump issued a travel ban from Europe to the U.S. for the next month in response to the global pandemic. We’re working for you to explain the European travel ban due to the coronavirus.

Because of the way President Trump phrased his announcement, some people are confused about how exactly the travel restrictions will work. A new travel ban is starting to try and limit the spread of coronavirus on international flights.

“I do think that it’s probably safe to stop doing all the things. If you’re sick stay home,” Seymour, Connecticut resident, Jessica Nunez told 22News.

Nunez, who works in healthcare, was prepared to travel with her family.

“Honesty the coronavirus is less than the flu. We’re not really worried. We’ll wipe down our seats. I said that my bag is like the prepper bag. I have the Purell,” she continued.

The ban includes 26 countries in Europe which encompasses major cities such as Paris and Madrid. But it exclude the United Kingdom and places Ireland, which people can fly to from Connecticut.

Some passengers traveling domestically told us they’re surprised there isn’t a bigger ban. One local woman traveling to Florida for a cheer competition says they’re doing everything they can to stay healthy.

“I think we’re going to see a lot more bans coming up. I think we’re we need to be very cautious and pay attention,” Cindy Dunaj told 22News. “I’m actually surprised that we’re going down now. Just making sure we’re staying about six feet away from people, only hanging out with people that we’ve been around before. So trying to minimize as much risk as we can,” she continued.

Since the announcement, the White House has clarified that all U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, and their families members who are currently traveling in Europe are exempt from the travel ban. It’s unclear whether they will need to undergo enhanced screening at U.S. airports when they return to the country.

When it comes to flying anywhere, people of all ages are taking precautions.

“It’s a little scary but if you just sanitize and stuff I think you could stay away from it,” cheerleader Jessica Dunaj told 22News.

“It’s like kind of scary but like as long as you’re like washing your hands. Doing everything you’re supposed to be doing, I think you’ll be fine,” her teammate, Melissa Salguero said.

The move to ban much of incoming travel from Europe also comes as the U.S. warns all of its 327 million citizens to reconsider going abroad at all.

There has been no mention so far of applying bans on those traveling from the U.S. to Europe, despite the dwindling chances of getting a flight out for weeks. The ban will not include imports of goods from the banned countries.

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