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Andrea J.
04-08-2020, 12:50 PM

Below follows an information update from the Aruba Tourism Authority regarding the measures Aruba has put in place, including travel restrictions.

Last Updated: April 7, 2020
Valid Through: April 8, 2020
Bon dia, to our beloved visitors:
The Government of Aruba has made the difficult, but necessary decision to mandate a suspension of all inbound travel currently in effect until April 19, 2020. These restrictions are subject to change as we may consider additional precautionary measures as needed.
As you can imagine, this decision does not come without serious consideration as tourism is the lifeline of the Aruban people. Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our people and visitors.
For travelers who already have a trip booked and are concerned restrictions may impact your travel dates, please contact your hotels and airlines directly for an update on their rescheduling policies. We will welcome guests back to our sunny shores as soon as it is safe to do so.
While we know it does not quite compare to the real Aruba, we have created a special happiness video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EQEI5p7HKY) to give those at home a taste of our One Happy Island until we can be together again.
Last Updated April 7, 2020:
To our cherished visitors currently on-island, the Government of Aruba has shared the following updates. All the below measures will be in effect until April 19, 2020, or until further notice.
· The Government of Aruba has implemented a shelter in place measure for all residents and tourists, requiring everyone to stay indoors except for certain essential activities, which includes a visit to the grocery store, the pharmacy or to seek medical treatment. For details, please visit the Aruba Government site (https://www.overheid.aw/news/news_47033/item/crisis-measures-by-the-government-of-aruba-in-connection-with-coronavirus-covid-19_48509.html).
· The country continues to adhere to a daily 9pm - 6am curfew, for all residents and tourists. This curfew extends to public transportation and taxis.
· All non-essential establishments will close by 8pm daily, except for the pharmacy on duty which remains open for 24 hours.
o The open pharmacy location switches daily amongst pharmacies across Aruba. Please check with your hotel to confirm which pharmacy is on duty on the day.
· Casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls are closed until further notice.
· Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout / delivery can be ordered up until 8pm.
· Gas stations will remain open until 8pm.
· All group sporting events have been canceled.
· For more information on ongoing schedule changes of carriers operating to and from Aruba's Airport in the future, please also visit airportaruba.com (https://www.airportaruba.com/).
· For anyone displaying symptoms of the coronavirus, please call Aruba’s COVID-19 Hotline: (+297) 280 0101.
· Please continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organization.

04-08-2020, 04:16 PM
what a nice gift of the 30 min. video, beautiful. I have not felt that relaxed in weeks :)

04-08-2020, 08:37 PM
Agreed! That was a lovely way to unwind today and escape for a bit. Will be watching it again and again...

04-09-2020, 12:36 PM
That video is JUST what I needed today!!! As the weather goes from 75 degrees yesterday to 51 today to 48 tomorrow... brrrr. I guess Mother Nature got wind of Spring trying to do its thing and said "Hold my beer..." :D

04-09-2020, 02:06 PM
Next time someone asks what is so special about Aruba, show them this video. You won't have to say a word.

04-09-2020, 02:34 PM
Next time someone asks what is so special about Aruba, show them this video. You won't have to say a word.

I sent it to two of my co-workers and they both said, "Ohhhhhh. I get it now! I get why you fell in love with it on the first visit!"

04-09-2020, 04:10 PM
I bookmarked it so I can see it when I want and dream.

04-09-2020, 04:24 PM
I did too! Watched it again on my lunch hour. My boss asked if that was Aruba. I wanted to say "no" (it's crowded enough!), but since he's keeping me employed...well...

04-10-2020, 11:31 PM
Update April 9th, 2020

COVID-19 Update
• 82 positive
• 20 confirmed recovered > 62 active cases
• 926 negative
• 1008 tested
• 302 in quarantine
• Youngest 6 years - oldest 79
• Hospital: 3 remain in ICU, 6 in isolation (1 patient discharged)

New Decision on Schools:
• Schools will remain closed until May 11th, 2020, as per Minister of Education, Mr. Rudy Lampe.
• Teachers are encouraged to continue "education at a distance".
• Exam Week May 4-8 will still take place.

Prime Minister
• 4 weeks in, 2.9 confirmed cases per day. Aruba can handle this progression.

Fiscal Pronk
• 313 total arrested during Curfew hours
• 0 arrest related to Shelter in Place or Gathering Ban
• 5 businesses received a fine for not complying with the closing time
• 2 persons received a citation or not following quarantine rules
• Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday: Hardware Stores, Supermarkets and all other businesses must be closed.
• Allowed to open on Friday and Sunday: Gas station, pharmacy/doctor, take away and delivery food service.

Chief of Police on Easter weekend
• 24/7 Control on the sea and coast, conducted by coastguard/ Marines
• No Watersports or boats are allowed
• Beach control: Persons are allowed to go to the beach for a quick swim. No gatherings allowed
• Exercise is allowed, however not in groups.

Minister of Health
• Before the Covid-19 Crisis Aruba's hospital had ICU capacity of 6 beds. Recently it was increased to 21 beds.
• The Netherlands is sending an additional 12 ICU bed, which shall arrive on Saturday, along with medical equipment.

Hygiene Tips:
• COVID-19 cannot be transmitted via food.
• Cook foods thoroughly.
• The virus can remain on surfaces, make sure to wash your hands, and carry out good hand hygiene at all times
• Practice good kitchen hygiene: make sure surfaces are clean and disinfected
• Contamination: avoid placing raw meats on kitchen counters.
• Separate raw from cooked foods.
• Gloves can cause cross contamination. Priority is to wash hands.
• Use kitchen towels and dispose.
• Fridge hygiene; buy groceries at the capacity of the fridge, in order to have good air circulation
• Disinfect shopping cart/baskets handles before use.

Andrea J.
04-14-2020, 11:05 PM

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. April 15, 2020: With economists from the World Bank, IMF and IDB forecasting a gloomy economic future for the Caribbean region, there seemed to some good news Tuesday as the number of cases in most regional countries showed a flattening off, even though an uptick continued in 7 countries.
On Tuesday, most countries, except for the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Barbados, Sint Maarten and St. Kitts and Nevis, reported no new cases or deaths.
Those reporting no new cases were: Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, French Guiana, Bermuda, Bahamas, Guyana, Saint Martin, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat, Suriname, Turks & Caicos, St. Barth, BVI, Anguilla and Sint Eustacius.
By contrast, the Dominican Republic continued to build on its confirmed cases, reaching 3,286 Tuesday, up by 119. It’s death total also increased by 6 to reach 183 as the island nation continued to be the epicenter of the virus in the region.
Puerto Rico too saw its numbers increase to 923, up by 20, but there was also some light at the end of the tunnel as the number of deaths remained at 45.
Cuba also saw an uptick Tuesday as the number of confirmed cases increased by 40, to reach 766. But like Puerto Rico, the Communist nation also saw no new deaths as the number of the dead remained at 21 – another good sign that perhaps the curve is levelling off for the Caribbean as well.
Jamaica saw its total virus caseload increase to 105 as it added a whopping 32 new cases, more than any other English-speaking nation. Still its death tally remained at 4.
St. Kitts and Nevis reported two new cases Tuesday as did Sint Maarten, while Barbados reported one new case, an 84-year-old Barbadian woman, who had contact with a known case who travelled abroad.
Here’s the Caribbean countries that remained without no new cases or deaths Tuesday:
Martinique – 157 cases and 6 deaths
Guadeloupe – 145 cases and 8 deaths
Trinidad and Tobago – 113 plus 8 deaths
Aruba – 92
French Guiana – 86
Bermuda – 57 plus 4 deaths
US Virgin Islands – 51 plus 1 death
Cayman Islands – 53 plus one death
Bahamas – 47 plus 8 deaths
Guyana – 47 plus 6 deaths
Haiti – 33 plus 3 deaths
St. Martin – 32 plus 2 deaths
Antigua & Barbuda – 23 plus 2 deaths
Dominica – 16
St. Lucia – 15
Belize – 14 plus 2 deaths
Curacao – 14 plus one death
Grenada – 14
St. Vincent and the Grenadines – 12
Montserrat – 11
Turks & Caicos – 9 plus 1 death
Suriname – 10 plus one death
St. Barth – 6
British Virgin Islands – 3
Anguilla – 3
Sint Eustatius – 3

04-15-2020, 12:10 AM
I want to say its 3 days in a row for Aruba at their current number but I could be mistaken...good news for sure.

Andrea J.
04-15-2020, 12:40 AM
I am missing postings from Arawak.
She always posts informative stuff!!

04-15-2020, 04:12 PM
Aruba have first death this morning. The patient was 79 y.o.


Andrea J.
04-15-2020, 04:58 PM
:( :( :(

sad to read about the 1st death

04-15-2020, 05:08 PM
Sad for sure...1 new case as well today.

04-15-2020, 07:15 PM
So sad to hear this, prayers for the family.

Andrea J.
04-18-2020, 01:56 PM

sad :(

04-18-2020, 02:05 PM
Its awful news.


sad :(

04-18-2020, 02:06 PM
That was difficult to read. It is so sad and while it states that the cuts are effective until December, who knows whether or not the cuts will be permanent.

04-18-2020, 02:12 PM
Their loan of 42 million florins comes down to less than 400 florins per citizen. I pray for all of Aruba.

04-18-2020, 07:48 PM
So sad.... so serious.

04-19-2020, 01:48 PM
Aruba pays 450 million Florins a year to its public employees, more per capita than Curaçao that has 50k more people. It's a bloated system, with thousands just sitting around at home doing nothing. It was what the government was already working on pre-Corona, among other measures to cut back on the enormously egregious costs. With these cuts they save 90 million Florins. It could end up being more as this was just an initial proposal. It should also be done on a per scale basis. Ministers earn 15.000. Cutting 15% won't hurt them, but it will certainly hurt those receiving 5k or less. Especially if those people are now taking the hit and sustaining other family members that lost their jobs.

The 47 million Florins from the Netherlands is just initial. It will have to be much more than that. About 20 times or more.