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EU official suggests holding off on summer trips

Alexanderplatz public square in Berlin was deserted on Easter Sunday.
Alexanderplatz public square in Berlin was deserted on Easter Sunday.Christophe Gateau/Associated Press

BERLIN — The head of the European Union’s executive branch is suggesting that people hold off on booking summer vacations for now, pointing to uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Most planes are currently grounded and many countries have put wide-ranging travel restrictions and warnings in place. Some nations are considering first steps out of weeks-long shutdowns of public life but much of Europe is near a standstill.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tells Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper she "would advise waiting with such plans.”

She added in an interview published Sunday that “no one can make reliable forecasts for July and August at the moment.”

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