Breaking News
More () »

Phoenix's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Phoenix, Arizona | 12NEWS.com

Travel restrictions at the US-Mexico border will be extended until Aug. 21

Non-essential travel that is considered tourism or recreational will continue to be restricted.

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — The Mexican Embassy tweeted Tuesday that Mexico proposed extending the travel restrictions to the United States once again. This will be the fourth time the restrictions are extended.

The first measures were put in place on March 21 in order to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

Right now, the United States has the most coronavirus cases in the world, with more than 3.4 million confirmed cases as of Tuesday. Mexico has more than 300,000 confirmed cases. 

The same restrictions that were put in place in March will remain. That includes non-essential travel which means “travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature,” according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  

Because of the travel restrictions, many businesses that rely on tourists from Mexico are suffering. 

"It has affected us a lot, we lost many clients and now our workers have fewer working hours," said Nancy Rios, wife of the owner of El Rio Mexican Food Truck in Nogales, Arizona.

"In general, the food industry has been affected in Nogales,"she said. 

“Many of our clients came from Sonora. They cross the border to shop at our businesses and also took the opportunity to eat outside their home, and this has affected all of our businesses."

"Those who come across the Mexican border help our economy a lot." 

RELATED: Canada, US poised to extend border restrictions to Aug. 21

RELATED: Mexico closing US border to nonessential travel between Arizona and Sonora

RELATED: Sonoran official wants to close Arizona-Mexico border due to rising coronavirus cases