Residents of a Mexico border town blocked Americans from crossing the border over the July 4 weekend to prevents Americans from entering due to coronavirus fears.

Sonoyta Mayor José Ramos Arzate issued a statement Saturday “inviting U.S. tourists not to visit Mexico,” but added that Americans would be allowed in “for essential activities, and for that reason, the checkpoint and inspection point a few meters from the Sonoyta-Lukeville AZ crossing will continue operating.”

But residents near the checkpoint organized a demonstration, preventing drivers from crossing into Mexico using a blockade made of cars.

Carlos Eduardo Chávez Jacquez, who helped organize the protest told Newsweek that they planned on blocking the crossing again Monday.

Subscribe!

Stay informed on the latest political news.

“Everywhere people are dying from COVID-19 because we weren’t ready for this,” he said. “Yes, I support tourism, I want people from all over the world to come to Mexico and see how pretty we are and enjoy the culture, but why during COVID-19 times?”

He added that Sonoyta does not have the local health infrastructure needed to combat a coronavirus outbreak.

“And if the U.S. isn’t ready, why would Mexico be ready?” he told said. “We are not ready for COVID-19 tourism right now. I support tourism, it’s important for the economy, but why now?”

CORONAVIRUS FAQ: WIKI OF MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Read more about:

Get the free uPolitics mobile app for the latest political news and videos

iPhone Android