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State Department Updates Mexico Travel Advisory

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The United States Department of State issued an updated travel advisory for Mexico ahead of the busy winter holiday period.

The State Department’s updated travel advisory remained at Level 2 overall, but it was elevated in certain regions as a result of an increase in violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery.

Americans traveling to Mexico are being asked to exercise increased caution due to crime in top tourism hotspots, such as Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Chichen Itza, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Mexico City, Playa del Carmen, Tijuana, Tulum and the Riviera Maya.

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There are also regions of Mexico that are currently under a Level 3 advisory, which means Americans should reconsider travel due to crime. Some of the states to avoid include Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Jalisco, Nayarit, Sonora and more.

The State Department’s updated advisory also showed officials are concerned about crime in specific regions after issuing a Level 4 warning to avoid all travel to states such as Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas.

The ban on travel to Guerrero includes popular destinations like Acapulco, Ixtapa and Taxco.

In addition to the warnings for travelers, the State Department has placed new restrictions on government employees working in Mexico. Americans south of the border are being instructed to not travel between cities after dark and only use dispatched vehicles, such as Uber and regulated taxi stands.

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Americans Are Facing Never-Before-Seen Interstate Travel Restrictions

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Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf recently indicated that the White House had no plans to stop the flow of domestic travel within the United States in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, but that hasn’t stopped regional governments from creating their own injunctions in an effort to insulate their populations from the epidemic.

This weekend, on March 29, President Trump announced that nationwide social-distancing guidelines will remain in effect through at least April 30.

Now, facing at least another month of COVID-19’s accelerating spread across the country, an increasing number of states are implementing their own measures to restrict the movement of domestic travelers.

Of course, some affected areas have already issued stay-at-home orders for residents, effectively locking down their communities with the exception of essential services. As every level of government struggles to slow the virus’ rate of transmission, the weight of these restrictions now constitutes nearly unprecedented limitations being placed upon U.S. citizens’ freedom of movement.

Fox News suggested that, while governors cannot legally prevent U.S. residents from crossing state lines, mandatory two-week quarantines should certainly serve to discourage folks from planning a visit.

And, as the Rhode Island National Guard and police recently did on behalf of the state health department, officers might even go door-to-door ensuring that self-isolation orders are being followed.

Rhode Island was among the first states to actively begin monitoring out-of-state arrivals and enforcing self-isolation restrictions.

Initially, a March 26 executive order issued by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo singled out folks arriving from New York—which, both statewide and in its urban center of New York City, is battling the greatest volume of COVID-19 cases that’s concentrated anywhere in the U.S.

Two days later, the order was expanded to include persons coming from all other areas of the U.S., proclaiming that, “Any person coming to Rhode Island from another state for a non-work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.” The restriction explicitly exempts public health, public safety or healthcare workers arriving to aid the sick.

CNN compiled a list of states that have placed restrictions on interstate travelers, some of which have also issued stay-at-home orders to residents. Travelers who are planning to visit any of the following should visit the state’s official website to research the parameters of their travel restrictions:

—Alaska

—Delaware

—Florida

—Hawaii

—Kansas

—Kentucky

—Maryland

—Massachusetts

—North Dakota

—Oklahoma

—Rhode Island

—South Carolina

—Texas

—Vermont

—West Virginia

This post was published by our news partner: TravelPulse.com | Article Source

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