San Ysidro traders are eager to see many of their customers return.
On Monday, the port of entry and ferry terminal will open to non-essential travel as long as visitors are fully vaccinated.
Olivia Campos and her family managed to keep Carolin Shoes open for the 19 months that the San Ysidro Port of Entry was closed to the majority of its customers, but it was not easy.
âWe work seven days. Seven days of work without it stopping, âsaid Campos.
Each of these days lasts 10 to 12 hours and serves very few customers.
With Monday comes hope.
âMonday, I’ll be 8 o’clock here. I wish it would go back to normal, but I’m not sure exactly what’s going to happen to be honest, “Campos said.
The executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce told NBC 7 that 95% of its small business clients are from Mexico. More than 275 businesses have closed due to travel restrictions.
âIt was hard on my parents as the workers also don’t sell any income,â said Alex Espinosa.
Espinosa and her family own Rossy’s Fashion next to the Campos store.
The business started on one side of the building.
Travel restrictions forced the store next door to close, so Rossy’s took the opportunity to expand to the entire building.
Monday Espinosa hopes the bet pays off.
âBack to normal. Yes, back to normal. Business as usual and more, of course,â Espinosa said.
As promising as the combination of the reopening of the San Ysidro port of entry to non-essential travel and the approaching holidays is, retailers are watching the horizon and what they see are increased costs and difficulty in stocking. shelves.
âIt’s really tough because we barely have 10 boxes of high heels in the whole year because they don’t have enough, and they give the majority of the merchandise to chain stores,â Campos said. .
In anticipation of a bigger crowd next week, both stores bought as much of the available merchandise as they could get their hands on. They are increasing the hours of operation, but not the staff.
Officials at the entry point predict a significant increase in traffic. CBP staff are back to pre-covid levels.
âWe know people are coming and we will be able to survive for the next few months or years to come,â Campos said.
Visitors are required to have proof when crossing the border and CBP officers will randomly check travelers’ vaccination documents.
A spokesperson told NBC 7 that a photo of your proof of vaccination on a mobile device is acceptable.