Border restrictions to non-essential travel between the United States, Canada, and Mexico will remain in place through Jan. 21, according to Chad Wolf, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security.
Wolf announced the news Friday morning on Twitter.
In the tweet, he said the country will “re-evaluate non-essential travel restrictions early in the new year.”
The United States leads the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths. The United States surpassed on Thursday the 292,000 deaths by covid-19, while Mexico surpasses 112,000 deaths.
Southern California entered a stricter Stay-At-Home order due to the limit in Intensive Care Unit beds. Baja California went back to the red tier due to another surge of inactive cases.
“To continue to prevent the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Jan. 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to keep essential trade & travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus,” Wolf said. “As this administration continues to make great progress on a vaccine for COVID, we will reevaluate non-essential travel restrictions again early in the new year.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a similar announcement Friday regarding travel between Canada and the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection said that while U.S. residents can continue to cross the border, they should only travel to Mexico for essential business.
According to CBP, a recent survey taken by 100,000 travelers found that more than 60% of travel across the border by U.S. citizens and permanent residents were not considered essential.