EU pushes to reopen borders for summer tourism amidst coronavirus

The European Union on Wednesday pushed to reopen internal borders and restart travel, although the prospects of reviving tourism ahead of the summer season were mixed as public fears over health and safety weigh heavily during the coronavirus pandemic.

With the tourism sector, which usually accounts for about a tenth of the bloc's economy, now decimated by the pandemic, the EU's executive Commission urged a return to "unrestricted free movement", albeit with safety measures such as face masks on airplanes.

"Our thoughts are now turning toward summer and to the places that we love to travel," said Margrethe Vestager, a Commission deputy. "That means taking gradual, careful steps to help travel restart in line with what science tells us." 

Tourism industry groups praised the recommendations as a first step to help save their businesses, but the Commission's...

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