The Government of Aruba (GOA) introduced new measures with regards to Covid-19 in a press conference on Tuesday December 29th in the morning. Yesterday Aruba had 206 active positive cases.
The reasons behind this decision is the consistent pattern of daily new cases and the raise in positive local cases. This in combination with the preoccupation of people lowering their guard and not testing or late. It is very important to understand that the new measures are to protect the island and its locals and visitors and to stress the necessity that all of us take the protocol serious to keep us all safe and healthy.
The following new rules and regulations are valid:
- Curfew starts on December 30, 2020 from 11:00pm-5:00am with the exception of Dec 31 until Jan 1 as then curfew starts at 2am (Jan 1st, 2021).
- During the days of Dec 30, 2020 through Jan 3, 2021.
- All establishments must close at 10:00pm except for hotels.
- No live music with DJ’s is allowed.
- Restaurants are allowed musical entertainment as long as the rules and regulations are followed.
- Guests must be seated at tables of a maximum of eight persons per table. Guests cannot be standing in long lines waiting for tables and cannot agglomerate, five people maximum can wait outside, at 1.5m distance.
- Establishment owners, management, and compliance officers are responsible for guests to follow rules inside and outside.
- Dancing is not allowed.
- Music outside of restaurants is not allowed.
- Businesses are allowed to throw fireworks until December 31st, 2020 until 3pm. After that hour it is allowed in homes with a limited number of people.
- Home visits are limited to a maximum of ten people inside, if distancing is possible, and a maximum of 25 people outdoor, if distancing is possible.
- Dande bands are discouraged because they visit various homes and take off masks to sing. This puts a pause on a culture tradition in order to protect health and the economy.