Border mayors team up to reduce bridge crossings, keep COVID-19 at bay


BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — If you cross the Gateway International Bridge to enter Brownsville or Matamoros you will soon be greeted by new signage and an officer advising of travel restrictions.

Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez said the signage and officers are part of a collaborative effort with the mayor of Matamoros to combat the spread of COVID-19 and to protect border residents.

Mendez said he was asked by Mexico’s officials to help with restricting bridge traffic and mobility. He agreed but asked that Matamoros Mayor Mario Alberto López Hernández to do the same. So, they are joining together in an effort to limit border crossings to essential businesses only

“Things are bad here in Brownsville and just as bad if not worse in Matamoros. Stay safe, protect yourself, protect your family and don’t go crossing into Matamoros unless it’s absolutely necessary, and vice versa for those in Matamoros,” Mendez said.

Mendez adds they want to make sure travelers understand they can only cross for things like medical emergencies and work, and not for things like doctors appointments and visiting family.

Mendez said they want people to avoid waiting in line for hours only to have to be turned back.

Residents from Matamoros are allowed to cross into the U.S. to make plasma donations but must have an appointment set.

No exact date has been set as to when the signage or the officers will be put in place.

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