DHS says non-essential journey ban to be reevaluated subsequent yr, as soon as vaccine reaches public
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – The governments of Mexico and the USA are extending non-essential land journey restrictions via Jan. 21. The restrictions have been in place since March 21 to restrict the cross-border unfold of COVID-19.
“We’re working intently with Mexico and Canada to maintain important commerce and journey open whereas additionally defending our residents from the virus,” Performing Homeland Safety Secretary Chad Wolf mentioned in a tweet.
However he hinted these restrictions may very well be modified as soon as individuals get vaccinated.
“As this administration continues to make nice progress on a vaccine for COVID-19, we are going to reevaluate non-essential journey restrictions once more early within the new yr.”
Likewise, Mexico says a number of states stay coronavirus sizzling spots.
“After reviewing developments within the unfold of COVID-19 and since a number of states are on ‘orange’ risk degree, Mexico has proposed to the USA the extension of non-essential land journey restrictions on our widespread border,” the Mexican Overseas Ministry additionally tweeted.
The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) are also nonetheless discouraging travel to Mexico.
Cross-border car visitors at ports of entry like El Paso, Texas has fallen considerably because the restrictions had been put in place. U.S. retailers who used to depend on Mexican consumers report a dramatic drop in gross sales. Industrial visitors has remained about the identical, and in some circumstances increased slightly.
However on the Mexican facet, residents complain that nobody is stopping U.S. residents who cross into Mexico to go to members of the family or store.
“Why, then, are individuals from over there (the USA) coming in with out restrictions and strolling round as if nothing had been occurring?” requested Mexico Metropolis columnist Fernando Hernandez.