Sonora to restrict non-essential travel starting Saturday

Sonora to restrict non-essential travel starting Saturday
Mexican authorities plan to set up revision points at the Sonora’s northern border starting this weekend to stop “non-essential” travel by United States citizens. (Source: CNN)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Arizonans with plans to spend the Fourth of July weekend in Mexico may want to think again.

Starting Saturday, July 4, Mexican authorities will stop “non-essential” travel into the state of Sonora.

It will happen at checkpoints in Agua Prieta (south of Douglas), Nogales, Sonoyta (on way to Rocky Point) and San Luis Rio Colorado (south of Yuma).

There is no time frame for when people will be allowed to travel to Sonora again.

Authorities said they did it to stop the spread of the coronavirus, just as Arizona reports record number of cases.

The U.S. has already suspended travel from Mexico, but Americans have been able to travel to Sonora and back.

The move comes after large numbers of people crowding through the local ports of entry on holiday weekends such as Memorial Day, Mothers Day and Fathers Day.

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