Border restrictions continuing into the new year

Non-essential travel will not be allowed for at least another month at the US-Mexico border. The border is one of the many things that remain closed due to rising COVID-19 cases.

The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “after reviewing the development of the spread of COVID-19 and due to the fact that various entities are in the Orange color of the Epidemiological tiers, it was proposed to the United States the extension for one more month of the restrictions on non-essential land traffic on their common border.”

The restrictions being continued are the same ones that started at the end March, and will remain in effect until next January 21, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. 

“While we do not have reliable vaccines and treatments, we can only limit travel in the region.” said the United States Embassy in Mexico.

Things may begin looking up soon though. Pfizer has begun shipping its COVID-19 vaccine and has said it would have 25 million doses by year’s end. Just today Sandra Lindsay, an ICU nurse in New York, became one of the first people in the country to receive the vaccine.

“I’m feeling well. I would like to thank all the frontline workers, all my colleagues who have been doing a yeoman’s job to fight this pandemic all over the world,” she said. “I feel hopeful today, relieved. I feel like healing is coming. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history.”

The vaccines shipped from a Pfizer plant in Michigan to over 600 locations across all 50 states. With Pfizer’s vaccine already shipping out, and Moderna’s likely to start before the end of the year, we may see the US-Mexico border open sooner rather than later.