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Nogales Mayor says COVID border policy could cause irreversible damage to businesses – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2021-07-22 01:42:12 –

Nogales, Arizona — For people across the country, the obligation to mask has been withdrawn and the rules of loose social distance have regained a normal sense of life.

In Nogales, the situation in Arizona is still very different from what it was before the pandemic, and the mayor says it will never return to normal.

Arturo Galino says his town is still feeling the tension of COVID, even though almost all of his inhabitants have been vaccinated.

“Well, it’s close to 89% here,” Garino said.

The big problem he says is the increasing restrictions on cross-border travel from Mexico. It was scheduled to end on Wednesday, July 21, but was delayed by one month by the Department of Homeland Security.

“It’s the same every month,” Garino said. “As you know, they tell us that it will be extended on the 21st of every month, and a day or two before that day comes here, they will tell us that they will extend it again.”

He said the closure has caused serious damage to US companies on the Mexican border, and some companies may never recover.

“Some people say that the business across the line is so successful that they may not be able to get the influx of people they come across when they open it,” Garino said. Said.

This is because non-essential travel to Mexico, not the United States, is permitted.

“Why can’t I come here when I can go there and return without problems?” Garino asked. “So, if it’s related to COVID, why they stop in both ways,” What do you know, you come to Sonora Nogales at 87% -89%. We Don’t get close to it. ” “

For Nogales, that border restriction means that there is no cross-border shopping that is crucial.

“I don’t know what their priority is,” Garino said. “But we need to open the border.”

Currently, Galino is afraid that some of the shopping that came to his town will not come back, and some companies are also switching.

“Yes, I understand that some companies in downtown have already moved to Nogales, Sonora,” Garino said. “So they are already there. I don’t think they will come back.”

The mayor says he just wants to know why the restrictions continue and warns him if he comes back next month.

“Now I don’t even wait for someone to tell me if it will open next month,” Garino said. “I don’t believe anyone.”

Non-mandatory trips to the border are currently set to continue until August 21, 2021.



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