Empty passenger vehicle lanes at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales are seen here on March 31, shortly after travel restrictions first went into effect.

Travel restrictions are set to continue at the U.S.-Mexico land border for a ninth-consecutive month in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The restrictions, which were initially put in place by the U.S. government at its borders with Mexico and Canada on March 21, have been extended for 30 days every month since then. They are now set to remain in place through Dec. 21, Chad Wolf, acting secretary of Homeland Security, said on Thursday.

The Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE) had earlier announced the extension in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon.Mexico has not imposed any limits of its own on cross-border travel.

On the U.S.-Mexico border, the restrictions primarily apply to people crossing into the United States from Mexico on a tourist visa.

The latest extension will run through the Thanksgiving holiday and much of the holiday shopping season, a period which, during a normal year, would bring many Mexican shoppers across the border to visit local stores in Nogales.

The restrictions do not apply to cross-border commercial traffic.

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