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Thread: some of my thoughts about the situation in Aruba

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    Unhappy some of my thoughts about the situation in Aruba

    Bear in mind that I am speaking of Aruba and my thoughts of the USA are somewhat different......not a bad different, just different.

    Aruba survives on tourism. Not much else.
    We as Americans are not in the same position.
    Yes, we are hurting in the USA due to this virus.......but it will not break most of us. Or so we hope.

    The situation that this has caused Aruba and her citizens is nothing less than catastrophic.
    Everything about the situation has LOSS written all over it.

    Grocery stores-employees...will some have to be laid off?
    Tour companies.....DePalm, Fofoti and others..........how many lay offs?
    Car Rentals........
    Restaurants......
    Bars.......
    ATA employees.....
    Casinos.........
    Taxi.........
    Stores...
    Malls.....
    Landscapers......
    WaterSports Companies....
    Health Care.........
    Laborers.........
    Police......
    EMS
    and on and on and on and on

    All people who live and work on Aruba are affected negatively.

    Then think of all of the pet adoptions too..........

    So here I sit in my home in Florida. Yup, it certainly sucks indeed being socially distant and not doing much at home. I need an attitude adjustment.

    But if you are an Aruba worker, well my heart is broken for your situation and am praying that this too shall pass, hopefully sooner rather than later.

    We, the Aruba tourists/visitors are holding all of you in our thoughts and hearts.

    ​In a world where you can be anything, be kind!
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    just sad all around

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    I feel the same sadness for the Aruban people. My heart breaks for how this will end. Sending Prayers.
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    I agree, however many in the service industry in the US will experience the same. I don't want to go off topic, but we have friends experiencing some of these very same things. Things in our area are being mandated to close. I think the answer in both places is the same, when things resume to the new normal, support these business, add a little extra to your tip. Maybe you are used to driving around on your own in Aruba, but consider a tour or paid excursions to get these businesses and employees back on their feet. For restaurants that offer online gift cards, go ahead and purchase one now for a later trip, it gives the restaurant the money to use now. Just my thoughts.
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    I feel terrible for the Aruban people. They have always been so welcoming. Their dependence on tourism makes it so difficult. It will take time to recover.

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