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After months of store closures and layoffs, border businesses eager to welcome back Mexican customers Nov. 8

For 19 months, business owners along the Texas-Mexico border have seen a drastic drop in customers because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. With land borders scheduled to reopen Nov. 8, they are banking on a return to pre-pandemic sales.

Shoppers buy traditional flowers for the upcoming Mexican holiday, "Día de Los Muertos," near the Paso del Norte International Bridge in El Paso on Oct. 17, 2021.
Shoppers and passersby walk by the sign welcoming people coming into El Paso from Juarez at the Paso del Norte International Bridge in El Paso on Oct. 17, 2021.
People walking in downtown Brownsville on Oct. 18, 2021. Bridges connecting the U.S. and Mexico are set to reopen on Nov. 8 for non-essential travel.

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