On 10 August 2022, the U.S. Mission to Mexico issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Following numerous confirmed acts of violence on August 9, including arson of buildings and vehicles, U.S. citizens are reminded to reconsider travel to Guanajuato state due to crime.

“Until further notice, U.S. government employees have been restricted from traveling on highway 45 from Irapuato to the cities of Silao and Leon in the state of Guanajuato.

“U.S. government employees must also adhere to the following existing traveling restrictions:

“Areas south of Federal Highway 45D: U.S. government employees may not travel to the area south of and including Federal Highway 45D, Celaya, Salamanca, and Irapuato.

“Gang violence, often associated with the theft of petroleum and natural gas from the state oil company and other suppliers, occurs in Guanajuato, primarily in the south and central areas of the state. Of particular concern is the high number of murders in the southern region of the state associated with cartel-related violence.”