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Border Towns

Reopening of border after 20 months is both exciting and low key in Nogales

The city had a celebratory if low-key border reopening Monday, as visitors in cars and on foot crossed north for the first time since March 2020, when the U.S. banned all nonessential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fully vaccinated visitors were met with quick lines and a sign proclaiming “Welcome back to Nogales, AZ,

Border Towns

Nonessential border travel ban to be lifted after nearly 20 months

Fully vaccinated non-essential travelers will be allowed to cross the U.S. border from Mexico starting in November, ending nearly 20 months of pandemic restrictions that were choking businesses in border communities. No specific date was given for when the restrictions will be lifted, but the long-awaited announcement was welcomed by area officials, who have been repeatedly disappointed

Border Towns

Border communities face another month of ‘nonessential’ travel limits

The ban on nonessential travel on land crossings between the U.S. and Mexico will be extended another month, a “disheartening” development for border towns and businesses that have already had to cope with the travel limitation for 18 months. “It’s very disheartening to have it extended again,” Douglas Mayor Donald C. Huish said Monday. “Our

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