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 Oct. 16.
“After reviewing the development of the spread of COVID19 and given that many areas have returned to the orange level, Mexico proposed to the United States the extension, for another month, of the restrictions on non-essential land traffic at the 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 November 21.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard stated last month that the border restriction might end when the border states show a reduction of COVID-19 cases and are at the green level of their roadmap of recovery.
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.