Kralendijk – As of Thursday 18 March a curfew has been put in place in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus on Bonaire. Lieutenant Governor Edison Rijna has imposed a curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. in view of the high number of coronavirus infections. The UK variant of the virus is circulating on Bonaire and this strain leads to a rapid rise in the number of infections. People often get infected when they get together with friends or family. A curfew will make it more difficult for people to visit each other. The rule is that citizens are not allowed to leave their houses during curfew. But there are exceptions.
People are only allowed to be outdoors in the event of an emergency. They may also be outdoors should they or someone else need urgent (medical) assistance. Citizens, who need to be outdoors between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. because of their work, are required to carry a completed Employer’s Declaration for Curfew Exemption form. This declaration form may be downloaded at: www.bonairecrisis.com/en/measures/
During curfew, a dog on a lead may be walked by one person only. Dog walkers may not have contact with each other while walking their dogs.
During curfew you are not allowed to leave your house from 9 PM to 4 AM. You may only leave your house:
- In the event of an emergency.
- If you can present an Employer’s Declaration for Curfew Exemption form, which indicates that you are an essential worker.
- If you or someone else is in urgent need of (medical) assistance or an animal is in urgent need of (veterinary) assistance.
- If you are walking a dog on a leash; you must do this on your own.