Dear Citizens, this morning we announced the new numbers. Today, Saturday, September 19, we have confirmed a total of 16 new cases of infection on Bonaire. In a moment Dr Marian Luinstra-Passchier of Public Health will discuss the numbers further.
Although most of the infected people have none to mild symptoms, it does mean that we have entered a new phase, which calls for stricter measures. This is to prevent further spread of the virus on our island.
All measures will take effect on Monday, September 21 at 00:00 a.m. and constitute a light version of a lock down.
These measures will apply for 10 days, until September 30 at 11:59 p.m.
The measures are:
- The general principle remains: stay at home as much as possible
- Working from home is encouraged as much as possible
- The construction sector is allowed to continue to function
- All food and beverage establishments may only open for delivery and pick-up until 10 p.m. at the latest.
- All establishments that practice so called contact-professions in the areas of personal care will be closed (e.g. hairdressers, nail stylists, etc.)
- All gyms will be closed. Open-air sports with fleeting contact are allowed without an audience.
- Casinos will be closed
- Funerals are allowed with a maximum of 10 people in the parting room
- Marriage ceremonies at the registry office are allowed without attendees
- Elderly-care services may remain open, but must adhere to guidelines from Public Health.
- All shops, companies and institutions will be closed with the exception of: essential sectors, such as health care (including informal care), government, financial institutions, and organizations such as Selibon, BIA and WEB.
- The botikas, supermarkets, gas stations and building material shops will remain open, but only until 8 p.m. Visitors will be prompted to adhere to the door policy and the maximum capacity of the stores.
- The schools and childcare facilities will remain open, but must adhere to strict conditions determined by the Public Health department. If anyone tests positive necessary measures will be taken to prevent further spread of the virus.
- Transporting people in essential professions by van is only allowed if all passengers and the driver wear face masks.
- Religious activities are allowed with a maximum of 10 people.
- All events (which require an APK permit) and gatherings will be canceled, with the exception of meetings in connection with crisis management. Gatherings may consist of a maximum of 10 people.
- I have submitted a request to designate Bonaire a code orange destination. If this is granted, flights from the Netherlands will still be permitted, but it is advised to only make necessary trips.
- Inter-island flights will remain as is: only for returnees and essential professions.
These are tough measures for the next 10 days. But they are essential to ensure that the virus has minimal chance of spreading.
I therefore appeal to all residents of Bonaire to comply, because if we take a step back now, we will soon be able to ease restrictions again.
I cannot repeat often enough, the most effective way to contain this virus is: Keep a meter and a half distance, wash your hands and stay home as much as possible.
All current information can be found on: www.bonairecrisis.com and all other government sources.