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People are still going to Mexico for non-essential travel

Border restrictions have not stopped some people from heading south of the border

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Even though travel restrictions have been extended once again at the U.S. - Mexico border, non-essential travel to several tourist destinations has remained steady during the pandemic.

In December, Quintana Roo was averaging 460 air arrivals and departures per day compared to a pre-pandemic average of 500.

For border towns, traveling to Mexico to experience restaurants, bars, and other activities has become the norm. Many have expressed they're experiencing "lockdown fatigue."

“I think a lot of people have already gotten the virus, many people are tired of being home, many people are just not taking the same precautions,” said Angelica Lopez, Calexico Resident.

“The people need to live their lives, no one else is feeding us,” said Perfelio Rocha, Mexicali Resident.

One resident does believe the restrictions are making a difference in containing the virus from spreading.

“Well there are fewer people coming here, and with fewer people coming there is less of a risk to contract the virus," said Daniel Gutierrez, Taxi Driver.

The Department of Homeland security says they are working closely with Mexico and Canada to identify appropriate public health conditions and safely ease restrictions in the future.

The U.S., Mexico, Canada border extended restrictions for non-essential travel through February 21.

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Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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