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    ghost town

    My wife and I are among the 100 tourists still present on the island. My morning walk takes me from Amsterdam Manor on the northern end of Eagle Beach all the way to Bushiri Beach next to the port. This morning I encountered only nine people walking the beach. All the resorts have stacked or stored their lounge chairs and the only people you see are security guards. It is very strange. All the restaurants are closed and there is a mandatory curfew from 9:00 P.M. until 6:00 A.M. They have already arrested several violators. The fine is 1000 florins.


    On the plus side we are able to enjoy any palapa we want. Also, the first turtle nest of the year appeared on March 17. This photo is from La Cabana.


    We are very comfortable with our decision to stay. We are scheduled to depart in early May.ghost town-img_1648-jpg
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    I saw your posting on TA, but confused you with forum member ColdSteel.

    Are you concerned at all with any possibility of your flight home will be canceled?

    It must be so depressing.

    What is the deal with the hospital?
    Are you as a tourist allowed to go to the hospital for an illness?
    Quote Originally Posted by Mohair View Post
    My wife and I are among the 100 tourists still present on the island. My morning walk takes me from Amsterdam Manor on the northern end of Eagle Beach all the way to Bushiri Beach next to the port. This morning I encountered only nine people walking the beach. All the resorts have stacked or stored their lounge chairs and the only people you see are security guards. It is very strange. All the restaurants are closed and there is a mandatory curfew from 9:00 P.M. until 6:00 A.M. They have already arrested several violators. The fine is 1000 florins.


    On the plus side we are able to enjoy any palapa we want. Also, the first turtle nest of the year appeared on March 17. This photo is from La Cabana.


    We are very comfortable with our decision to stay. We are scheduled to depart in early May.ghost town-img_1648-jpg
    ​In a world where you can be anything, be kind!
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    We are both retired so there is not a fixed date that we have to be back in the US. We and our neighbors are booked on the first Southwest flight in May. They have no flights in April. We hope that enough people will book that flight so that they will send an empty plane if necessary.

    We aren't worried about a possible hospital visit. We are being sensible about human contact.


    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I saw your posting on TA, but confused you with forum member ColdSteel.

    Are you concerned at all with any possibility of your flight home will be canceled?

    It must be so depressing.

    What is the deal with the hospital?
    Are you as a tourist allowed to go to the hospital for an illness?
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    Stay safe and try to enjoy the beautiful island.

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    I’m sorry but that sounds selfish. You will be flying back & could be a carrier. You really aren’t enjoying the Island to it’s fullest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katie791 View Post
    I’m sorry but that sounds selfish. You will be flying back & could be a carrier. You really aren’t enjoying the Island to it’s fullest.
    Doesn't sound like a carrier.... and being sensible about human contact should be (without any symptoms) ok for an early May 'escape'...!
    Last edited by cpjones; 03-26-2020 at 08:24 PM.
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    I don’t think it sounds selfish at all. We all make our decisions based on where we feel safe. If you are being conscience about the distance you keep from people it doesn’t matter if you are in Aruba or your own country. If you go to the grocery store or a delivery person comes to your home there is still a risk no matter where you live.

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    When we returned to the states on the 22nd, we considered ourselves as carriers, so we have voluntarily self quarantined ourselves for two weeks. We have had no personal contact with anyone and if a neighbor passes by, we simply wave and keep an extended distance. We have not had any symptoms yet, but will continue our plan for the remainder of this time.







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    Hi Mohair,
    I applaud your decision to stay and I think it is very wise. You and your wife are in a higher risk group (I'm assuming since you are both retired) and I think you are VERY lucky that travel circumstances have delayed your return to the USA. Your picture shows, you have the opportunity to take a morning walk each day and enjoy the splendor of all that beauty, tranquility, and isolation while still maintaining 100% compliance with social distancing guidelines. In fact, I'd say the beach appears to be the ideal environment for social distancing. I think it is wonderful that you are there to support the Aruba community with whatever business you can offer the island, as we all need to support Aruba during this time. Once again - I applaud you!
    Stay safe.....and keep posting those beautiful pictures. (all of us who are housebound in the USA & Canada love to see photos of paradise)
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    We debated on staying or coming home. We figured we might be safer in Aruba since our son who lives with us is an EMT, however; if we contacted it, we'd rather be in the US where our doctors are, especially for my husband who has had kidney transplants. I also wanted to be home where I had something to do. I've only been out for food, and to take walks.

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