Today I am going to talk about the status of the application for code yellow, the new emergency regulation that came into effect on 28 October and the entry conditions. But first I will start with the state of affairs regarding the number of Covid-19 cases.
After having had days when no infections were detected, three cases were added this week. Today four people have recovered. We need to stay alert to prevent another outbreak. Doctor Marian Luinstra will discuss this later.
More travelers are now coming to our island from Curacao and the Netherlands. This increases the chance of contamination from outside. That is why measures remain necessary, so that the chance of further spread remains small. This can be done by avoiding contact with others as much as possible. It is, therefore, better to work from home as much as possible. Large public gatherings where people can infect each other are not yet allowed. Private gatherings are currently allowed for up to 10 people.
Gyms on the other hand are open again. There are strict rules that they must adhere to. I want to appeal to entrepreneurs who are allowed to open to strictly adhere to the rules. Pay attention to your closing times and the number of visitors. Wearing a face mask where a distance of a meter and a half cannot be guaranteed is strongly recommended. Currently, a closing time of 10 pm applies for the catering industry, including restaurants and casinos. If the numbers remain low, we can hopefully return to the situation where longer opening hours apply in two weeks.
To return to the entry conditions. It has now become easier to travel to Bonaire. Passengers from Curaçao, Canada and the Netherlands (i.e. Europe) are welcome. Anyone from all over the world can come to Bonaire through these three countries. The fact that it is currently only possible to fly from these three countries is in order to be able to regulate the number of people traveling in. For this we make agreements with the airlines. Passengers must show a negative PCR test upon entry. This test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure from one of the three boarding points. Otherwise, these passengers will have to be quarantined for 14 days. An exception is only made for travelers who fly to Curacao from Bonaire and back for one day, without an overnight stay, for, among other things, business, a funeral, or a wedding. They must request an exemption for this at firstname.lastname@example.org. Travelers who travel to Bonaire from Curacao for 1 day must show a negative PCR test. NOTE: Travel remains a risky business. If you become infected abroad and test positive, the consequences are for your own account.
Finally, I want to talk about the Code Yellow application. A few weeks ago, Code Orange was requested to protect public health on Bonaire. The orange code discouraged people from coming to Bonaire. After the number of cases of Covid-19 has decreased drastically again, a request was made last Tuesday to go back to Code Yellow. So far we have not yet received an answer from The Hague. The reason that this advice is taking a long time to come is that the Netherlands wants to issue their travel advice for the entire kingdom in one go, and the coordination with the countries on this is taking longer than expected. We are in discussion with The Hague about this every day because we want an answer and clarity as soon as possible. After all, tourism is the main engine of our economy. Because it all takes longer than we thought, we are, among other things, looking with the tourism industry at other ways in which we can restart tourism, for example by looking at countries other than the Netherlands. I will inform you about this as soon as possible.
Finally. Together we succeeded in reducing the number of local infections quickly. Keep doing what you have been doing in recent weeks. Adhere to the hygiene instructions. Eat healthy, get enough sleep and keep moving to build up resistance. Protect yourself and the people around you.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).