NOGALES, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Traveling to Mexico will no longer be allowed as we try to control the spread of the coronavirus. The Arizona-Mexico border will be closed starting midnight on Saturday through the next 30 days.
There are some guidelines for the new restrictions. So if you had a vacation planned or you just wanted to go visit family, you won’t be able to, and it goes both ways. It's similar to the restrictions put in place earlier this week along the U.S. and Canadian border.
Economist Garrick Taylor says Mexican Nationals spend nearly $7 million a day in our state, shopping at our stores and eating at our restaurants.
“Border communities along the Arizona and Sonora border really rely on shoppers from Mexico to keep their treasuries full. They unfortunately are going to take a hit,” said Taylor.
There would be no ban on people traveling for work or other essential activities and there would be no halt to commercial traffic. So the things you buy from Mexico will still be trucked across the border, including produce and vegetables.
“And that’s good news for our economy,” said Taylor.
Chris Ciruli from Nogales-based Ciruli Brothers Produce said restricting cargo would hurt both countries.
“We are the largest port of entry in the county, larger than Miami, Philadelphia,” said Ciruli.
They import nearly 2,000 truckloads of fruit and vegetables a day.
“Bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, green beans, tomatoes,” said Ciruli.
He said shoppers can expect to keep seeing all of the same produce at grocery stores, despite the partial border closure but has advice.
“Take what you need form the grocery store but don’t hoard it and you will see the grocery stores catch back up with inventory,” said Ciruli.
The U.S., Mexico and Canada have also worked out an agreement to immediately return people trying to cross the borders illegally.