States Set Up More Highway CheckpointsBy Pedro Alcalá | Wed, 04/08/2020 - 16:16
While the Mexican government has not considered limitations on traveling in response to COVID-19, states have taken on the responsibility to enforce highway checkpoints.
A report from Info7 details the response from state authorities in Nuevo Leon, where 25 revision points staffed by a total of 400 medical, police and army personnel have been set up in key segments of the state’s highway network. As a border state, Nuevo Leon must intensify inspections of all incoming visitors and migrants from the US, while maintaining revision points and avoid creating commercial and shipping bottlenecks. These efforts are also being mimicked in other border states, such as Tamaulipas, where a report from El Diario de Ciudad Victoria indicates that state authorities are getting ready to intervene within the state’s highway system to limit mobility as much as possible. Authorities not only have to man borders with the US but also their borders with other Mexico states. For example, Tamaulipas state authorities say that traffic has been increasing exponentially in their border crossings with the states of Veracruz, San Luis Potosí and Nuevo Leon. Other border states, such as Coahuila, are setting up revision points in key municipalities where there are migrant families returning to their hometowns for holiday reunions, according to a report from La Voz de Coahuila.
Meanwhile, other major states down south are taking up measures of their own. The state of Zacatecas has set up sanitary roadblocks in six of its regions. People’s temperatures are checked and a series of questions are asked regarding possible COVID-19 symptoms, according to a report from Líder Empresarial. In the state of Jalisco, major roadblocks are not only installed in state highways but along major avenues in the state capital of Guadalajara (Mexico’s second largest city), according to a report from Debate.
Other states are taking advantage of lockdowns to invest in overdue projects. A report from the Guanajuato state government details plans from their Ministry of Infrastructure, Connectivity and Mobility (SICOM) to take advantage of reduced mobility to invest almost US$2 million in highway maintenance.