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 Post subject: Who will reopen
PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:19 pm 
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As I travel around I see a growing number of For Rent signs in once vital businesses and stores that could have reopened by now have not.

As Aruba begins to reopen I wonder what restaurants and stores there will not.

These are also victims of Covid-19.

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 Post subject: Re: Who will reopen
PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:48 pm 
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My gut feeling is that places that cater to Arubans will be ok, places that totally rely on the tourist dime might have a hard time. it will be low season for a while. Buffets might be out of the question as well.


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Linda's Pancakes is open: new schedule is Wed through Sun, closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Windows on Aruba is open Saturday and Sunday for brunch (reservations needed as it is just one sitting) Not open in the evening as yet.
Hung Paradise at Seaport
Hopi Bon at Seaport
Dutch Pancake House Seaport
Moomba's breakfast lunch and dinner
Terraza Italiana Thursday though Sunday
Reflexions open every day for lunch and dinner
Mulligans but not sure of the days and hours.
Amuse at Seaport


We have been to all but the last two in the past few weeks! All have adjusted prices to entice the locals...if you are visiting the island in the early weeks you will love the prices. I am sure other places are open.

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 Post subject: Re: Who will reopen
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Thank you ann. Also would be good if you let us know about beaches and stores in general.

I know that Bonaire has banned cruise ships for now. Wonder what Aruba will do.

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 Post subject: Re: Who will reopen
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Joey (and others) Beaches are great...as I mentioned earlier the Palm Beach area by Moomba's has recovered now that there are no boats. A few people along Eagle Beach. This morning it looked to me like Amsterdam Manor may be open...the saw horses blocking entry from road are gone. AM has also redone their beach bar and there was staff there when we drove by this morning.
New or repaired palapas on Eagle beach in front of Oceania.
A new public playground has been built to the right (as you face the water) of Costa Linda. Paved parking, benches, also. This is along the road not on the beach.
The "beach along the road" (by Pinchos) has been very busy on Sundays as usual ....locals with family gatherings.
Gorgeous at Reflexions. Some guests but not as many as pre closing.
Grocery stores continue to operate...hours are the same or close. Ling's now closes at 3 on Sundays but that started pre pandemic I believe.
In town the jewelry store Queens has been opened for a long time. Maybe Tommy Hilfiger also. I do see a few people with 'real' shopping bags once in awhile. Doesn't look like much else is open except Lucy's...and that has more staff than customers each time I go by.
No idea about Palm Beach...I avoid that area...only went to Moomba's once for dinner (it was very good) and once to the beach because a good friend who has a home on the island and remained during the shut down likes it there. My sister and brother like to go there once when they visit...so at best it will be another year before I am up there again :wink:
To the best of my knowledge no cruise ships...one of the big sailboat ones was in a week or so ago...just had crew and they were getting supplies. Another cruise ship which has been outside of Curacao for most of the shut down is scheduled in a week or so. To the best of my understanding it is to get supplies. There are no passengers.
Lots going on politically but that is best addressed by Ingrid...I do not read the language and get my info from informed neighbors but still...the facts... but their view.
While there are currently 4 active cases of the virus on the island I feel ok. Figure we have about another week then will limit our adventures until we 'see' how things shake out with tourists from the USA (it saddens me to even write that but "it is what it is" :wink:

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ann, Great. Sounds like Aruba is coming back alive.

How about masks are they manditory and sanitizing liquids. In NY about 50% of the places have pump bottles or wipes as you enter or check out.

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 Post subject: Re: Who will reopen
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ann, Great. Sounds like Aruba is coming back alive.

How about masks are they manditory and sanitizing liquids. In NY about 50% of the places have pump bottles or wipes as you enter or check out.



Sorry...I should have included this. Ling's: the guard dispenses the hand sanitizer. Do It Center: sanitizer is there, honor system. Ling's, staff wear masks, Do It Center , no. (I don't go to Super Foods). Restaurants are a mix though hand sanitizer is there. Most places the staff dispenses. Linda's and Terrazza staff wore masks. Other places we dined when there were no active cases on the island for weeks so we all felt pretty safe. Perhaps they are wearing masks now. (Four active cases and visitors arriving from other islands and Holland may change the protocols now.) I have been to Seaport Casino, they dispense sanitizer and there is one way in and one way out. Staff wear masks. I did not notice any tables with plastic dividers. Alhambra, they take your temperature and watch you use the hand sanitizer. All staff wear masks and there are plastic dividers at the tables. I wear a mask at casinos. Both casinos have limited machines available. set up well....chairs removed from inactive machines. Very very easy to social distance. Frankly the two casinos are less congested than grocery stores (where people also can't seem to follow the arrows...unless you are in my aisle...I just stop in the middle and people then turn around :wink: My dream job is to be the enforcer in stores with aisles and arrows :lol:) Also I go to the casino early in the day...hardly anyone there :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Who will reopen
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ann wrote:
arubajoey wrote:
ann, Great. Sounds like Aruba is coming back alive.

How about masks are they manditory and sanitizing liquids. In NY about 50% of the places have pump bottles or wipes as you enter or check out.



Sorry...I should have included this. Ling's: the guard dispenses the hand sanitizer. Do It Center: sanitizer is there, honor system. Ling's, staff wear masks, Do It Center , no. (I don't go to Super Foods). Restaurants are a mix though hand sanitizer is there. Most places the staff dispenses. Linda's and Terrazza staff wore masks. Other places we dined when there were no active cases on the island for weeks so we all felt pretty safe. Perhaps they are wearing masks now. (Four active cases and visitors arriving from other islands and Holland may change the protocols now.) I have been to Seaport Casino, they dispense sanitizer and there is one way in and one way out. Staff wear masks. I did not notice any tables with plastic dividers. Alhambra, they take your temperature and watch you use the hand sanitizer. All staff wear masks and there are plastic dividers at the tables. I wear a mask at casinos. Both casinos have limited machines available. set up well....chairs removed from inactive machines. Very very easy to social distance. Frankly the two casinos are less congested than grocery stores (where people also can't seem to follow the arrows...unless you are in my aisle...I just stop in the middle and people then turn around :wink: My dream job is to be the enforcer in stores with aisles and arrows :lol:) Also I go to the casino early in the day...hardly anyone there :wink:


At SuperFoods, there is now a dispenser by the carts that you activate by pushing on a foot pedal. No masks that I recall.

Everyone who DOES wear a mask seems to think that it's a fashion statement rather than a health precaution - they wear them more as earings rather than properly. I can count on one hand the number who cover both their nose and mouth.

Regarding Palm Beach - the Gianni's group is now reopened (Azia, Giannis, Amore Mio, Daniels) - Gelatisimo isn't there any more, Craft has expanded and taken over that area. Casa Tua is opened, but I don't think the Iguana restaurants are open. There are a bunch of restaurants across from the Holiday Inn and Paseo - kind of in the same area as Dennys (which I don't _think_ is open) - these are open.

I can't say if any of the hotel restaurants on Palm Beach are open, now that the hotels are just starting.

Up the street from Palm Beach, Bingo's is open, Linda's is open. So a bunch are around, waiting for more visitors...


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 Post subject: Re: Who will reopen
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Thank you bryanzs.

If the gelato place is gone the divine Mrs. AJ says she has no reason to return to Aruba.

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arubajoey wrote:
Thank you bryanzs.

If the gelato place is gone the divine Mrs. AJ says she has no reason to return to Aruba.


Well, I have _some_ good news for you, then. There is still a Gelatissimo downtown, and (I believe) a small "shack" outside Paseo Herencia, _and_ a Gelatissimo "cart" in the open area outside of Gianni's and Daniels. So hopefully you will be able to persuade her.

Oh, and if it's any consolation, in the new shops that are being built next to Salt and Pepper, there is supposed to be a Haagen Daaz store. Not gelato, but maybe something for a sweet tooth...


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 Post subject: Re: Who will reopen
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Thank you! Thank you! And...... Thank you, Ann.

Your reports are much welcomed and very interesting reading. I try to picture the wheres while reading. Probably better than a trip report because of the subject matter.

Around here it is not uncommon to see folks in supermarkets wearing not only masks but protective gloves for handling all the products in the stores.
Do employees and customers wear protective gloves in Ling's or Super Foods?

Thanx, again, Ann. :D
Be well. :D

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Joey: I also mourn the closing of Gelatissimo :wink: ! The one in town closes early. There is a small Gelato stand in the Marriott hotel lobby...if that reopens it is excellent! Lefty: very few grocery customers have been wearing masks but that is before 4 active cases. A few customers wear gloves....very few. I will be interested in how things 'look' once border opens to USA and if the cases on the island increase.

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 Post subject: Re: Who will reopen
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A few customers wear gloves....very few.


Do not worry too much about that. Up until now there are no known infections that came from touching things. And if somebody sneezes in their hand while wearing a glove, that will be as equally bad as without a glove. If you keep washing your hands, gloves are not necessary.


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True. :?

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