Mexico

Woman charged in Capitol riot asks judge to let her take vacation in Mexico

A Texas woman charged in connection with the Capitol insurrection has asked a federal judge to let her travel to Mexico for a “work-related bonding retreat,” according to court records.



a person wearing a blue hat: Jenny Cudd, seen in this Facebook video, has been charged in connection with the US Capitol Hill riot and insurrection.


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Jenny Cudd, seen in this Facebook video, has been charged in connection with the US Capitol Hill riot and insurrection.

Jenny Cudd, a flower shop owner and unsuccessful mayoral candidate from Midland, wrote to a federal judge on Monday asking for permission to visit Riviera Maya, Mexico, for a four-day retreat this month. The court docket for her case doesn’t yet show a response from the judge.

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Everything You Need to Know Before Traveling to Mexico During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Editor’s note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure.

While the idea of jetting off to Mexico for a week has even the best of us dreaming of our next getaway, there a few things to be aware of while planning a trip while the country is still grappling with COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned Americans against traveling to Mexico last month and the State Department has classified the country

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Mexico beaches packed for the holidays could spur COVID-19 shutdowns

TULUM, Mexico — The friends from Jackson, Mississippi, relaxed on lounge chairs dug into a white sand beach and romped in the turquoise Caribbean waters, grateful for a break from the pandemic winter in the United States.

They were among tens of thousands of American tourists who descended on Mexico’s glittering Caribbean beaches at the close of 2020 and start of this year. Quintana Roo state, the country’s tourism crown jewel, home to Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Tulum, received 961,000 tourists during that stretch — nearly half from the U.S. — down only 25% from the previous year.

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Americans have been escaping to Mexico to avoid COVID-19 restrictions back home. Now Mexico is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases.

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A beach in Cancun, Mexico, on Tuesday. Alberto Valdez / Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images (edited)
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have flocked to Mexico to vacation or to settle, according to multiple reports.

  • In November, more than half a million Americans traveled to Mexico, The New York Times reported.

  • The influx of Americans has been partly due to relaxed restrictions at the Mexican border: While many countries require proof of a negative coronavirus test or a quarantine upon arrival, Mexico does not ask for either.

  • But the influx has contributed to a surge in COVID-19 cases in

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