Impending announcement doubtless to sprint hopes of U.S. retailers hoping to money in on Mexicans coming throughout to do Christmas buying
EL PASO, Teksas (Izvješće o granici) – The Mexican authorities has requested U.S. authorities to lengthen non-essential worldwide travel restrictions for one more month.
“After reviewing developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 in both countries – and because various states are on orange (threat level) – Mexico proposed to the United States the extension by one month of non-essential land traffic in our common border,” the Mexican Foreign Ministry stated late Wednesday in its official Twitter account.
The Ministry stated the restrictions will stay in place as carried out again on March 21. That’s when each international locations determined that unrestricted border travel would lead to an extra unfold of the coronavirus.
The restrictions will stay in place through 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 21, 2020, the Ministry acknowledged.
Once confirmed by U.S. authorities, the announcement is probably going to disappoint American border retailers who depend on Mexican consumers for his or her Christmas gross sales.
Downtown El Paso retailers have informed Border Report their gross sales are down between 70% and 90% for the reason that travel restrictions went into impact. U.S. residents and authorized everlasting residents can nonetheless travel for enterprise and important errands, however Mexicans with vacationer visas in most instances can not.
Some of the retailers had expressed hope the restrictions can be lifted after the U.S. elections. But, politics or not, the coronavirus continues to rage on either side of the border, with El Paso and neighboring Juarez, Mexico being prime examples of this. Both cities have mixed for 957 COVID-19 fatalities in the previous month and each are observing in a single day non-essential actions curfews to scale back the unfold of the virus.
The Ministry’s announcement drew criticism on social media from Mexicans who complain that nobody is stopping Americans from coming into Mexico.
“This is not containment for Mexico. Access remains unlimited from the U.S. to Mexico, including for non-essential trips,” posted Octavio Angulo.
Others posted images of northbound strains of automobiles sure for U.S. ports of entry.
“Why don’t they restrict access to American citizens, given that border cities on the U.S. side have the most COVID-19 cases? It’s incongruous that only Mexican citizens are restricted from crossing into the U.S.,” tweeted Erik Zavalata.
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