UPDATED 2:55 PM PT — Saturday, March 21, 2020
As the U.S. restricts travel along its border with Mexico, the country’s foreign minister has reassured the public that the move will not hinder commerce. On Friday, Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard sought to calm fears of a total border shutdown.
The conference was held a few hours before the U.S. announced the U.S.-Mexico border would be closed down to non-essential travel.
Ebrard clarified that the border would not be closed in its entirety, but merely restricted not to allow recreational travel.
“(This) ensure(s) that commerce between Mexico and the United States is not affected to a greater extent than we are already experiencing,” he explained. “This decision, which I am communicating to you and the U.S., is also set to announce in a few hours, will not affect commercial and productive activity, or employment, between the two countries.”
The border restrictions went into effect on Saturday. They will not affect any commercial travel or those who cross the border to work in essential industries.