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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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COVID-19 travel restrictions keeping some seasonal residents away

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Travel restrictions are keeping seasonal residents away from SWFL and impacting the local economy.

Much like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford did, Muriel Sasia visits Southwest Florida a few times a year.

“I love the beach, specifically sunsets on the beach,” Sasia said.

Sasia is a French resident living in Nice. She owns a home in Fort Myers. 

“In June I booked a ticket thinking well by September you know this thing will be done now, we’ve got tests,” Sasia said.

That thing she’s talking about is the global pandemic, which has led to federal governments 

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