Sumary of Border residents rejoice as US says it will lift travel ban:
- SAN DIEGO (AP) — Beleaguered business owners and families separated by COVID-19 restrictions rejoiced Wednesday after the U.S. said it will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze.
- Travel across land borders from Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to workers whose jobs are deemed essential.
- New rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason starting in early November, when a similar easing of restrictions is set for air travel.
- By mid-January, even essential travelers seeking to enter the U.S., such as truck drivers, will need to be fully vaccinated.
- Shopping malls and big box retailers in U.S. border towns whose parking spaces had been filled by cars with Mexican license plates were hit hard by travel restrictions.
- San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said the economic impact was hard to quantify but can be seen in the sparse presence of shoppers at a high-end outlet mall on the city’s border with Tijuana, Mexico.