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 US 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 could possibly 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 stage, Mexico has proposed to the US 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 automobile site visitors at ports of entry like El Paso, Texas has fallen considerably because the restrictions have been put in place. U.S. retailers who used to depend on Mexican customers report a dramatic drop in gross sales. Industrial site 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 relations or store.
“Why, then, are individuals from over there (the US) coming in with out restrictions and strolling round as if nothing have been happening?” requested Mexico Metropolis columnist Fernando Hernandez.