U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until Dec. 21 at the earliest amid a rising number of U.S. coronavirus cases.
The current restrictions expire on Saturday and the three countries were expected to approve another 30-day extension. The United States leads the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
“After reviewing the development of the spread of # COVID19 in both countries, and due to the fact that various states are in orange of the Epidemiological Traffic Light, Mexico proposed to the U.S. the extension for one more month of the restrictions on non-essential land traffic in their common border,” the Mexican Foreign Relations Ministry said Twitter.
Most recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented new measures that will be taken at the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to curb non-essential travel during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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 only.
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.