The US government announced this Thursday that it agreed with Mexico Y Canada keep its borders closed for at least one more month to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
“In order to continue preventing the spread of covid, the United States, Mexico and Canada will extend restrictions on non-essential travel until December 21,” Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf announced on his Twitter account.
In order to continue to prevent the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Dec 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to keep essential trade & travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus.
– Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) November 19, 2020
The official added that the government of the president Donald trump is working “closely with Mexico and Canada to maintain essential trade and travel open while protecting our citizens from the virus. “
The initial closure of the border occurred in mid-March this year and since then it has been renewed on a monthly basis.
Although you are land borders are closed to tourists and other travelers considered non-essential, the transit of merchandise is allowed to maintain the commercial flow between the three countries, which are partners of the Mexico-United States-Canada Treaty (T-MEC).
The decision to keep the border closed comes at a time when the United States, the country most affected by covid-19 in the world, registers a rebound in the incidence of the disease, with more than 11.6 million infections and 251,000 deaths.