The US and Mexican governments confirmed that the partial closure of the southern border will remain active until August 21.
The hope of many that the border would reopen in July came to a halt since a decision has not yet been made as to when, and how, the border will reopen.
In the Twitter account of the Secretary of Foreign Relations, it stated:
“The United States Government has informed us of the decision to extend the partial closure of the border for another month.
Mexico will continue with the bilateral dialogue and reiterates that the accelerated rate of vaccination against covid-19 at the border creates conditions to advance for mutual benefit.”
The 30-day extension came after Canada announced Monday that it will begin allowing fully vaccinated U.S. visitors into the country on Aug.9 for non-essential travel after the COVID-19 pandemic forced that country to take action.
A tough question for the Biden administration is whether it would follow Canada’s lead and require that all visitors get vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the United States.
The White House plans a new round of high-level meetings to discuss travel restrictions and the potential to require COVID-19 vaccines, but no decisions have been made, according to published news articles.
The Delta variant continues to expand in the United States with more infections every day.
The highly infectious variant now accounts for about 83 percent of new coronavirus cases in the United States, a “dramatic increase” since early July, when it crossed the 50 percent threshold to become the dominant variant in this country. said the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.