(Mexico City) Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Mexico and the United States will continue to limit crossings at their common border until August 21 in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“The US government has informed us of the decision to extend the partial closure of the border for an additional month,” the State Department said on Twitter.
Restrictions on land traffic between Mexico and the United States were implemented on March 21, 2020 to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Since then, the two countries have kept the border over 3,000 kilometers long closed to tourists or occasional visitors.
On the other hand, the passage of goods, workers or students is allowed.
The Mexican government plans to complete the vaccination of residents of its municipalities bordering the United States with the aim of reopening its northern borders.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas met last June in Mexico to agree on steps the two countries would take to reopen their land borders.
Mexico, with a population of 126 million, launched its program on June 17 to vaccinate all adults in the border region with doses of Johnson & Johnson provided by the US government.
The United States has more than 34.1 million infected people and 609,000 deaths, while Mexico on Tuesday recorded 2.6 million confirmed cases and 236,810 deaths from COVID-19.