European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled proposals for a 30-day restriction of travel to the European Union, as well as development of a framework for state aid to affected businesses.

Von der Leyen says EU member states have been taking measures intended to reduce pressure on the healthcare system created by the coronavirus outbreak. But she says that such measures are “effective only when co-ordinated”.

“The less travel, the more we can contain the virus,” she states, but adds that there is a need to maintain critical flows of goods.

She says that the Commission has submitted proposals to heads of state for a temporary restriction on travel to the EU, which would be in place initially for 30 days but with the possibility of extension.

Long-term residents, family, and diplomats – as well as essential staff – would be exempt, as would those providing transport of goods.

Von der Leyen adds that the Commission is developing a temporary framework, applicable to all EU member countries, which would allow provision of state aid “at unprecedented levels”.

She says this would enable businesses to access liquidity for the coming months, providing financial assistance to help them cope with the crisis.