The French government on Tuesday announced a reopening, starting Wednesday, for European Union citizens and residents if they provide a negative coronavirus test from the previous 72 hours. Truck drivers of all nationalities will be permitted entry as long as they, too, can provide evidence of a test if asked.
British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said stranded truck drivers would start getting coronavirus tests Wednesday, Reuters reported, so they could start to cross over to France.
“We’ll be making sure that tomorrow we’re out there, providing tests,” Shapps said. “This will take two or three days for things to be cleared.”
The leader of the Kent County Council in southeast England told the BBC on Tuesday that 3,000 trucks were waiting to cross the English Channel. On Monday, British government officials claimed there were only 170.
Drivers honked their horns in frustration as some prepared to sleep for a third night in their cabs.