[Ed. – This would be due at least in part to the UK’s decision not to implement the severe restrictions other nations are imposing on public gatherings, etc. Several friends in the UK are beside themselves over the apparent irresponsibility of the laissez-faire policies. The policies will probably change, but it seems prudent for the U.S. to not court further risk, even though the infection rate remains relatively low throughout the British Isles.]
The Trump administration will extend its European travel ban to include the U.K. and Ireland as part of continuing efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump said Saturday, before saying he was also looking at the possibility of domestic travel restrictions as well. …
Vice President Mike Pence confirmed later in the briefing that the travel from U.K. and Ireland would be suspended as of midnight Monday night EDT. He said it was after the unanimous recommendation from health experts at the White House.
Pence emphasized that Americans currently abroad will be allowed to return home, but will be tested for the virus on their return through certain, limited airports.
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