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 Post subject: ann/May 18
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 9:37 am 
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Today the shelter in place (stay home!)order has been lifted. So I better get busy and do a little backtracking before we go foreward :wink: .
Like many others when this all started a little panic and anxiety took over (OK, a lot of panic and anxiety!). I have never lived where there are hurricanes. I have always lived in New England so snowstorms are common....but I laugh at the people who run to the store to get bread, milk and water (only been housebound for two days in a row in NH twice in my lifetime!). Sooooo what do you do....how do you prepare for this 'stay at home' order when you live on an island? Likely just what you did, Head to the grocery store and make sure you buy the products that fit your husband's diet (lactose free and gluten free) and foods you can prepare if you can't get fresh foods (yup, macaroni, cheese, tomato sauce, :lol: ). Shortages on paper products, eggs, milk reported by family and friends in USA and Canada...NO SHORTAGES here at the beginning through this past Saturday. Clorox wipes hard to find...think you have to be there when they go on the shelf :wink: but plenty of other good cleaning products. Now family and friends are experiencing shortages in meat, poultry....not here. I just follow what I always have followed...I am fairly familiar with the container schedule and know which days are the best to shop.
Shopping was pleasant...the only time I left home each week :lol: and with the safety rules established at Ling's (one person per cart, no children, follow the arrows, line up at the counters between the lines and we have people circulating to make sure you are following the rules....my kind of place!) grocery shopping was great!

The drive to the store was at best , creepy!! I am sure this is hard to visualize but here goes.....from the airport roundabout, straight through town to the roundabout where you go right to Ling's and left to Tam and Divi there was no need to stop , no slowing down. In addition no people, every store, restaurant, office building closed, parking lots empty or with under 5 cars. Really, Stephen King at his best!!! Every week it was startling!

Twice on my shopping excursion I drove up to the Super Foods roundabout and turned to the water side of the island to drive down along Eagle Beach. All palapas empty, standing like soldiers guarding the fort. No more than a total of 5 people from Amsterdam Manor to Alhambra . We have been coming to Aruba since the 80's....long before La Cabana and the development of Eagle Beach (it originally was truly beautiful...empty beach...just white sand and blue water.) and this was more desolate than 'back then'. Stephen King part 2!

As the number of active cases of the virus decreased here and no new cases for more than a week the island opened up a little.
Clothing and jewelry stores opened up with strict rules to disinfecting and limit of people in store at the same time. Government opened with a small work force. Small construction projects could resume and curfew was adjusted (10PM to 5AM). We began to feel a little braver....I made two grocery trips to two different stores and last week I went to Setar to have a cell phone issue resolved.
Setar had shade tents for people waiting outside and BIG footprints for where to stand. Inside the seating was spaced so you were at least 6 feet apart and the clerks were behind a protective barrier. Guards (all places always have guards here...that is normal) monitored the count allowing in when there was space. I liked it!!

Last week...I sobbed unexpectedly.....I had to stop at the roundabout at Wendy's to wait for two cars in the roundabout!!! A joy!

Today, islanders can go anywhere! No limits on number of people who can gather, schools reopen though some are waiting a week, churches can reopen, construction projects can resume. Restaurants with open air seating will open in two weeks I believe. No schedule yet for casinos and bars.

Thursday is a holiday here. During the 'stay home' period, Arubans have missed their annual two weeks of beach camping, the long Easter weekend, the King's birthday and Labor Day. I would imagine this Thursday will find many gathering at the beaches, at homes and in neighborhoods celebrating the beginning of the reopening.....offering positive thoughts and prayers that the process can continue.

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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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THANK YOU!

Great report.

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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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Thanks, Ann! Hope to see you again in November!

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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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Hi Ann. Thank you for your thorough reports. They are much appreciated. Is it mandated that masks are to be worn and what are the guidelines? (I apologize in advance if I missed it in your report.)

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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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Hi Ann. Thank you for your thorough reports. They are much appreciated. Is it mandated that masks are to be worn and what are the guidelines? (I apologize in advance if I missed it in your report.)

Claire


No, you didn't miss it :wink: I don't think masks are mandated but different businesses have procedures . We needed a new printer...today we discovered a new to us but well established office supply store....we called for the protocol. Must wear a mask, sanitize hands before entering (there is a 'station' set up outside). Also they will bring item out to you if you prefer...another station set up outside with debit and a credit machine. No limit (per government) as to # of people in store .

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Thank you Ann, for your reports!


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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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Thank you Ann.


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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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Thanks Ann, that was great. I am sure it is eerily quiet there without the thousands of weekly tourists, I have watched quiet a few videos & it does look like a Stephen King movie.

Maybe see you in August or November if either work out.

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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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Thank you for informing us of the current situation. Sounds very positive!


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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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thanks so much ann, really appreciate your updates. being positive and will say can't wait to see you in november!

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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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Thanx, Ann. Your diary-like reports really bring me to those places you describe. It's quite nice!
And we were scheduled to be there on Friday so I'll take all your info and 'make believe'!
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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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Restaurants with open air seating will open in two weeks I believe.


Actually restaurants with open air seating can open again starting next Monday, 25 May. I guess the government decided to make "level 2" opening up happen in 2 phases (18 May and 25 May).

ann wrote:
I don't think masks are mandated but different businesses have procedures .


Yes, still as of today, the government of Aruba does NOT mandate masks, but individual businesses may have their own protocols. When the hotels reopen, for example, it is likely that staff will be mandated to wear masks, but guests will not (again, that's the plan as of now).


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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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 Post subject: Re: ann/May 18
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Actually restaurants with open air seating can open again starting next Monday, 25 May. I guess the government decided to make "level 2" opening up happen in 2 phases (18 May and 25 May).


Thank you for clarifying! I knew it was May 25...in my head the 25th was two weeks away ...another example of I
have been sheltering in place for a looooong time :wink: :lol:

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