It has been a while since I updated this website. Currently, I have nothing but time, while I enjoy a nice cup of tea.
The current conversation is all about COVID-19 and its repercussions it is having all over the world. I’ll cover this pandemic and its impact on Aruba’s vulnerable small island mono-economy. There is an obvious show of social #coronavirus fatigue, which I’m well aware of and will take that into consideration.
It is important to share with you on what’s currently happening in Aruba. How islanders are coping and how the prolonged measures are affecting the people in Aruba.
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Aruba Corona Virus Facts
Aruban officials announced that starting March 21st, 2020, all inbound flights to Aruba are prohibited. They are allowing only outbound, cargo, and emergency flights. All other commercial traffic to and from Aruba is prohibited. Aruba Airport officials emphasize the local airport remains fully operational and flights can land as soon as they receive permission.
Late March the Minister of Economy of Aruba announce that nearly half of Aruba’s economy has been wiped out in only a matter of days. The minister continues saying that Aruba has the most tourism-reliant economy in the world. The consequence of this is that Aruba the impact of the travel ban is devastating.
For the first time in most of our lifetimes, we have seen hotels with literal closed doors. Atypically, I haven’t spoken to my American or Canadian friends in person for over a month. Shout out to the cute family from Arizona who I spoke last on the 16th of March. They are one of the last tourists to leave this island.
Local officials have taken measures similar to other places around the world such as stay-at-home, closure of stores, reduced hours of essential businesses, distancing measures to mention a few.
According to the latest figures, Aruba is turning the tide and the active cases are all the way down and it seems that soon Aruba is #coronavirus free.
Meanwhile, the measures are continuing whilst on the ground, some are starting to murmuring about the measures and small pockets of protest happen nightly.
The situation is fluid, as it is many parts of the world, which means come back for updated information about the virus from the ground in Aruba.
Some people started to talk about how Aruba is going to look like once it reopens. On April 19th, 2020, officials extended the travel ban until at least until June 1st, 2020. Publicly the government has been relatively quiet about the plans for reopening the island.
The prime minister suggested that her team is working on plans on how to proceed moving forward. Local businesses are eager to restart, while the tourism industry remains in limbo.
What about visitors? What can you expect? Aruba will probably be free of Corona in May according to current data. This is fluid, be sure to check the latest information at the local health department.
If you indulge me speculating, the first commercial flights will probably be the local flights to and from our neighboring islands. Soon thereafter followed by flights from Amsterdam, thus reestablishing the aerial connection within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Following the local flights, regional flights from Colombia and Panama may follow. Lastly, flights from major airports from the East Coast in the US namely New York/New Jersey, Boston, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Miami/Fort Lauderdale.
This fictional schedule may take at least for the remainder of 2020 to materialize. Naturally depending on the current situation of the pandemic.
When most countries have reduced the infection rate and return back to the new normal, the question remains how the Caribbean island are going to cope with the new situation.
How is Aruba going to handle the testing or control of visitors once they arrive? Do visitors need proof of health before boarding? Does this even exist?
There are some ideas as to how restaurants are coping with the new situation in China. Hotels are also coming up with ideas.
The fact is that Aruba is slowly seeing reservations for the next months and next year. People are still planning despite the pandemic. Understandably so, because the quarantine is tough on humans and the process of planning alone offers some relief from the daily news. Is it realistic? I don’t know. Is it aspirational? Probably.
Personally, I need a few days off the island, too.
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Updated: corrected minor errors.