Due to the continuing spread of COVID-19, Mexico asked the United States to extend the border restrictions for one more month, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations announced on September 17.
“After reviewing the development of the spread of COVID19, Mexico proposed to the United States the extension, for another month, of the restrictions on non-essential land traffic on their common border,” the Secretariat wrote on its Twitter account.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the restrictions will be maintained under the same agreed terms from March 21 to remain in effect until October 21.
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.