Mexico - USA Restrict Nonessential Travel

Mexico border partially closes

border control sign on the road

US Secretary of State Micheal Pompeo announced during a media briefing on March 20, 2020, “The United States and Mexico have [also] agreed to restrict non-essential travels across our shared borders. Both our countries know the importance of working together to limit the strength of the virus." 

Mexico confirmed 164 positive SARS-CoV-2 cases and 1 fatality related to COVID-19 disease within its borders as of March 19th.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard previously discussed this plan on March 19, 2020. 

The two leaders discussed the importance of creating a uniform North American strategy to reduce public health risks to our communities and more effectively address rising challenges jointly. 

Additionally, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told reporters that trade and commerce with Mexico would continue. “We want to make sure that cargo continues, trade continues, healthcare workers continue to be able to traverse that border."

"But tourism, some recreational activities and other things need to stop during this crisis."

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The action on the USA's southern border is similar to the one taken last week on its northern border with Canada.

The Mexican Ministry of Education has closed all schools from March 20 until April 20.

Between March 23 and April 19, the Mexican government has declared a social-distancing campaign consisting of four pillars:

  1. Take basic preventative measures: wash your hands, avoid handshakes and kisses, and stay home if you are sick.
  2. Suspend non-essential public-sector, private-sector, and social activities. Employees who can telework should do so. Public transit will remain operational.
  3. Organizers of large events with more than 5,000 attendees will reschedule or postpone them.
  4. Protect the elderly and vulnerable

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