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Trump Restricts US-Mexico Travel Amid COVID-19 Crisis



The Trump Administration has just announced the restriction of all non-essential travel across the U.S.-Mexican border in a further effort to seal off the United States from outside visitors as the coronavirus begins to escalate its spread throughout North America.

As revealed by CNN, Trump declared that the southern border would turn away those whom he termed “unscreened” and “unvetted” people at the Mexican border, “mostly, and even beyond, but mostly during this global pandemic.”

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“We want to make sure cargo continues, trade continues, healthcare workers continue to be able to traverse that border. But tourism, some recreational activities and other things need to stop during this crisis,” acting Homeland Security Secretary, Chad Wolf, told reporters yesterday, Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the White House.

Reportedly, plans began to be laid out cooperatively between the U.S. and Mexico during a phone call that took place yesterday between U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and Mexican Foreign Secretary, Marcelo Ebrard.

This new mandate on America’s southern border follows a similar one, announced earlier this week for the country’s northern border, likewise restricting all non-essential travel between the coronavirus-spread.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>U.S. and Canada.

As with the restrictions imposed on travel to and from Canada, “non-essential” travel refers to travel for recreation or leisure purposes and is not intended to apply to supply and trade movements, or to stop persons who perform essential work functions crossing the border.

This morning, Ebrard asserted that, “essential movements shouldn’t be affected” He affirmed that, “what has been achieved is that the measures for reducing the risk of propagation of the virus will not affect the substantive economy activities of Mexico and the United States, and of the border region.” Typically, thousands cross the U.S.-Mexico border each day to attend work, school and other activities.

Mexico currently has 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with its first confirmed death from the disease having occurred on March 17 in a patient who also suffered from a pre-existing diabetic condition. Mexico’s federal health ministry did not indicate where, precisely, the death had occurred within the country.

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WTTC Unveils Safe Travels Protocols for Airlines, Tour Operators and More



The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled a new round of safety measures aimed at airlines, airports, tour operators and meeting and event organizers in an effort to propel the post-COVID-19 recovery.

WTTC previously released its Safe Travels protocols for the hospitality sector as well as outdoor retail businesses.

Developed following close consultation with WTTC members such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Emirates Group and Etihad, among others, guidance for the aviation industry includes enhanced cleaning procedures, personal protective equipment (PPE) and retraining for staff, signage to limit interaction and queuing at touchpoints and the implementation of more contactless processes.

WTTC is also recommending that airlines limit movement within the cabin as much as possible by boarding passengers from the back of the plane to the front and from the window seats out to the aisle seats.

“COVID-19 is a gamechanger for the travel and tourism sector, requiring us to enhance our approach to health and safety to protect our travelers and workforce,” said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO at IATA, in a statement. “Aviation is the business of freedom and it is vital to enable its restart on a safe basis. IATA is delighted to lend its framework and collaborate with WTTC on the Aviation Protocols as part of its Safe Travels initiative. This is an excellent example of the industry solidarity and cooperation that will be so vital to ensuring a strong recovery for travel and tourism.”

Meanwhile, tour operators are being asked to enhance disinfection and deep cleaning practices for coaches and other vehicles as well as to roll out pre-allocated seating plans with no rotation and explore staggered timing for access to venues, hotels and restaurants, among other measures.

Convention centers and meetings and event organizers are encouraged to implement physical distancing, reduce venue capacity limits, consider pre-arrival risk assessment questionnaires for participants and create isolation units outside the venue where possible for anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms.

“For the first time ever, the global private sector has rallied around our Safe Travels protocols which will create the consistency needed to allow a re-invigorated Travel & Tourism sector re-open for business,” stated WTTC President & CEO, Gloria Guevara. “Among the most important of these measures are those which will enable the aviation sector to take-off. Aviation’s return is critical to help repower the global economic recovery.”

“WTTC aviation protocols were created in close collaboration with ACI and IATA. We thank them and their leaders Angela Gittens and Alexandre de Juniac for their guidance, as it is vital we restore consumer confidence to get people traveling and flying safely,” she added. “The expertise from large and small tour operators contributed to define the new experience via tour operators and visiting event venues again, and were defined in the coordination of experts from this segment, through these robust global measures which have been embraced by businesses around the world.”

Visit to view a complete breakdown of the latest Safe Travels global protocols.

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