On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the Mexican Foreign Ministry released information stating that non-essential travel restrictions which were set in place along the border on March 21st would possibly be extended another 30 days, all the way to July 21.
These restrictions are set to expire next week on June 21 but all indications lead to an extension being set in place due to the threat of COVID-19 Virus spread.
This decision comes amid economic turmoil seen on both sides of the border.
Border communities such as Eagle Pass have seen a decrease in economic activity and reduction in tax income and business income. This has hit the already struggling Downtown area hard and caused many businesses to shut their doors.
On the other side of the Border in Piedras Negras, business owners are suffering greatly as well. Small business owners from car lot owners to second hand clothing stores have not been able to get inventory and are suffering a loss and many have stopped selling altogether.
This economic downfall has forced ex city and county officials along with current officials to request the Governor and even the President to overturn their decision on travel restrictions.
Those pleas are expected to fall on deaf ears.