Crisis measures by the Government of Aruba in connection with Coronavirus COVID-19

ORANJESTAD –In connection with the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Aruba took the following crisis measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, visit the website www.arubacovid19.org of the Department of Public Health.

  • These measures are valid till April 19, 2020, pursuant to AB2020No.46.
  • Starting March 29, 2020, a Shelter in Place is into effect for the entire population, as announced in the AB2020No.43. This means that you are not allowed to leave the house, only for necessary things, such as buying food, going to the pharmacy, exercising or getting gas. The measures apply to non-essential groups. See overview of non-essential businesses/ activities. Businesses must instruct their customers that they must keep 2 meters apart. If the social distance rule is not enforced, companies will be closed and fined. A ban on gathering (loitering) has also been issued, in particular the prohibition of group formation in public space by 4 or more people, with the exception of families living under the same roof.   
  • Schools are closed starting Monday, March 16 till April 20, 2020. This measure applies to schools, daycare centers, and all organizations that are in charge of the education and care of our children. After this date the situation will be evaluated. See letter of the Minister of Education.
  • The curfew is still in effect from 9:00 pm until 6:00 am. Exceptions are the pharmacies on duty and the hospital as stated in the Official Gazette AB2020No.39
  • Starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all bars and restaurant must close. Only exceptions are take-out, drive thru and food delivery. All establishments must close at 8.00 pm. Gasoline stations must also close at 8.00 pm.
  • The decision was made that all residents (inscribed in the civil registry of Aruba) stuck abroad are allowed to return to Aruba.The Aruba Tourism Authority is in charge with the coordination of their return. Contact numbers for  assistance or registration are: 569-6897, 5689251 of 5637928. Upon arrival these people will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.
  • Starting Saturday, March 21, 2020, a compulsory curfew will be set from 9 pm to 6 am. Only vital groups are allowed to go to work, but employees of the vital authorities must be able to show proof of their employers to the police. Persons who do not observe the curfew can be fined up to AWG. 10,000.00. For more information, you may consult the Official Gazette AB2020no.38 of  March 2020, 2020.
  • Starting Thursday, March 19,  2020, all casinos, movie theaters and gyms must close. Team sports activities are not allowed. All establishments, shops, restaurants and businesses must close at 8.00 pm. This also applies to hotels bars and restaurants. Exceptions: Pharmacy on duty, restaurants that offer  drive-thru and delivery service, Gasoline stations. only with service through the window. These establishments must close at 10:00 pm. Companies that do not adhere to the mandatory closing time can be fined up to AWG. 1000.00. For more information, you may consult the Official Gazette AB2020No.35.
  • Schools are closed starting Monday, March 16 till March 31, 2020. This measure applies to schools, daycare centers, and all organizations that are in charge of the education and care of our children. After this date the situation will be evaluated.
  • All public events are canceled till March 31, 2020. This entails all government activities and all private activities that received a police permit. 
  • Residents that return to Aruba must self-quarantine for 2 weeks.
  • As per Saturday, March 21 till March 31, 2020 Aruban residents are not permitted to return to Aruba (update March 19, 2020). For more information, you may consult the Official Gazette AB2020No.36. As per Tuesday, March 17, 2020, till March 31, 2020, the entry of travelers (inbound flights) will be restricted, except for legal residents and cargo. 
  • Contact numbers for residents of Aruba stuck abroad (because of the border closure) are: 569-6897, 5689251 of 5637928Please take into account: You can also call via Whatsapp or send a Whatsapp text message; You must be a citizen meaning you must be registered in the civil registry of Aruba; The USA airlines require 2 types of ID, as proof that the person is a resident of Aruba (ID card). Latin American airlines do not have this requirement. Persons who were send abroad by AZV, must call AZV to make arrangement to return to Aruba and must show the AZV card. Unfortunately the border with Venezuela is totally closed, hence citizens cannot return. We advise persons stuck in Venezuela to contact the Dutch Ambassador in Caracas.
  • Since March 14, 2020, the Queen Beatrix International Airport elevated its control on flights arriving from other countries that do not fall under the travel restriction.
  • Visits at nursing homes are prohibited.
  • Government departments will operate with minimal staffing (see letter of the Prime Minister Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes in Dutch).

Now we must focus on containing and preventing the transmission of the virus. We urge everyone to comply with these measures. These measures were taken in close consultation with the crisis committee of the Government of Aruba. Those most at risk for serious complication from COVID-19 are people older than 60 years and people with chronic diseases. 

Prevention

  • Wash your hands as frequently as possible with soap for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol..
  • Avoid physical contact, greet one another without shaking hands, hugging or kissing.  
  • Watch the video about the spread of coronavirus
  • Watch the video of the Department of Public Health.
  • Watch the video of the Department of Public Health fight the transmission of Coronavrus  with Carl Roosberg- Galloway Jr. It starts with you

If you are sick, STAY home. For more information call 280-0101 free of charge.

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