Mexico Closes U.S. Border In Arizona To Stop July 4th Visitors Over COVID Fears
Travelers who were looking to head to Mexico from Arizona for the July 4th weekend will have to find new plans, after Mexico decided to close the border to nonessential travel ahead of the holiday.
McClatchy reports that “Officials in Sonora, Mexico moved quickly to slam the border shut before the start of the July Fourth weekend,” citing concerns over the coronavirus.
While Sonora struggles to control the situation within its own borders, its neighbor to the north — Arizona — has become one of America’s most afflicted states, McClatchy said.
The report notes that “Arizona has seen more than 90,000 infections and nearly 1,800 deaths as of Friday” and “hit a one-day record on Wednesday with 4,878 new COVID-19 cases.”
By contrast, Sonora has had “8,976 confirmed cases and 909 deaths as of Wednesday.” “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,” Senora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich said in a statement, according to the Daily Star.
Pavlovich also said Sonora’s beaches will be closed to all U.S. travelers.