Mexico Closes its Arizona Border to the US

Mexico closed the Sonora border it shares with Arizona in response to a spike in coronavirus cases in both areas. The move was announced ahead of the Fourth of July weekend and will include measures to reject tourists who attempt to cross the border for nonessential reasons. Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich gave a statement to the Arizona Daily Star. She said, “We are all going to be on alert at this time to prevent them from coming, whether they are Mexicans living in the U.S., Americans or those who want to come to spend the weekend and put a greater burden on us regarding COVID.”

Sonoran Health Secretary Enrique Clausen, who just yesterday tested positive for COVID-19 himself, released eased a statement on Twitter regarding the situation on Wednesday. He expressed wanting more restrictions on leisure travel.  His tweet reads, “I will request the State Health Council to ask the Mexican Health and Foreign Affairs Council to temporarily close the United States border to Sonora to avoid and reduce COVID-19 infections.”

The U.S. has already placed the same restrictions on travel from Mexico to the U.S. Arizona’s Governor shares Mexico’s concern and his office told the Star through email that they are also urging Americans not to travel for the Fourth of July. Arizona is among several states hit hardest by the recent spike in coronavirus cases. Many states saw a spike as a result of reopening at the behest of President Trump. Sonora is now also seeing a similar spike.

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