BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — If you cross the Gateway International Bridge to enter Brownsville or Matamoros will soon see new signage and be met with an officer advising of travel restrictions.
Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez says the signage and officers are part of a collaborative effort with the Mayor of Matamoros to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Mendez says he was asked by Mexico’s officials to help with restricting bridge crossing traffic and mobility.
Mendez agreed but also asked the Mayor for the same, so they are joining together in an effort to reduce border crossing to essential businesses only and to protect residents.
“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,” says Mendez.
Mendez adds they want to make sure travelers understand they can only cross form things like medical emergencies and work, and not for things like doctors appointments and visiting family.
Mendez mentions they want to avoid people waiting in line for hours only to have to be turned back.
Citizens from Matamoros are allowed to cross in 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.