The United States has confirmed that the United States and Mexico and the United States and Canada will extend shared border restrictions until September 21, according to a tweet from acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf.
“We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of # COVID19. Therefore, we have agreed to extend the restriction on non-essential travel to our shared land entry points until September 21, ”Wolf’s tweet read.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry also tweeted about the extension earlier on Friday saying, “After reviewing the spread of COVID-19, Mexico has offered the United States a one-month extension of more restrictions. not essential for overland travel to the common border.
A little background: The announcement marks the latest extension of restrictions on non-essential travel after the initial limits were put in place at the end of March.
The restrictions have been in place since March 21 and ban non-essential travel. Essential travel includes people traveling for medical purposes, attending school or working in a trade, such as truck drivers, among others, according to a regulatory notice released in late July.
Certain travelers are still permitted to cross, including, but not limited to, citizens returning home, those crossing for educational or medical reasons, and those engaging in legal cross-border trade. Thousands of people cross the US-Mexico border daily for work, school, and other activities.
The United States is ahead of other countries in coronavirus cases, including Mexico and Canada, which have at least 505,751 and 123,194 cases, respectively, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.