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U.S.-Mexico Borders Will Reopen When Both Sides Are On the Green Tier

-Editorial

Until the northern borders of Mexico reach the green tier, land crossings on international bridges with the United States would be opened, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed.

On Thursday it was one year since the restrictions began.

The United States land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel to address COVID-19 concerns.

It will be a year since border crossing restrictions have been in effect for one full year because of the pandemic. As of February 15, 2021, all travelers, with some very limited exceptions, arriving in Canada by land, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken in the United States within 72 hours before arrival. Or they must provide a positive test taken 14 to 90 days before arrival.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Mexico continues to decrease after reaching a peak in the first week of January 2021.  As of February 28, Mexico City, Mexico State, Guanajuato, Queretaro, and Puebla report the highest number of active cases. States reporting the highest hospital occupancy rates are Mexico City and Puebla (above 50 percent). Mexican health authorities reiterated calls for people to follow prevention measures including leaving home only for essential activities, keeping social distance, washing hands frequently, and wearing masks (particularly indoors).  Schools remain closed in nearly all states.

Ten states are designated “orange” under the federal system between March 1 and March 14 (Mexico City, Mexico State, Morelos, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Tabasco, and Yucatan).

Under orange, hotels, restaurants, barbershops, open-air parks, and gyms are limited to 50 percent capacity.  Markets and supermarkets will operate at 75 percent capacity. Additionally, shopping malls, churches, cinemas, theaters, museums, and cultural events will be limited to 25-percent capacity.

Twenty states are designated “yellow” under the federal stoplight system between March 1 and March 14 (Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, and Zacatecas).

Under yellow, all work activities are permitted.  Public space may open regularly, while enclosed public spaces can open with reduced capacity.  All activities should be carried out with basic prevention measures.  People at higher risk of developing COVID-19 symptoms should continue to take extra precautions.

Two states are designated “green” under the federal stoplight system between March 1 and March 14 (Campeche and Chiapas). Under green, all economic and social activities, including school, are permitted while taking appropriate precautions.

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