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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:06 pm 
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There was a government press conference today, where several of the COVID restrictions were relaxed. The latest news, rules and regulations are (copied from a reliable source on Facebook):

•Restaurants and establishments will no longer have a maximum of four people per table. There will now be a maximum of 14 people per table indoors and 20 per table outdoors. Customers do need to remain seated and when standing, going to use restroom, entering and exiting, masks must be worn. Tables will still be 1.5 meters apart.

•The bans on seating at bars and dancing are still in effect meaning this is not permitted.

•Family gatherings in Aruba can now take place in larger groups. Numbers of people at gatherings are unrestricted but social distancing and face masks are still required when indoors.

•For live music it is now permitted for a maximum of five musicians to play together at indoor venues. For outdoor venues there will not be a limit of how many musicians can play together but music must be stopped if protocols are not being followed including no dancing and no large crowds that aren’t properly social distanced.

•11:00pm closing time for all establishments remains in effect.

•Aruba expects to have a Covid-19 vaccine available by end of 2020. Vaccine will NOT be mandatory. It will first be made available to the elderly, medically high risk, and healthcare workers.

•This week (holiday week) is seeing an increase in tourism for the island.

•Through October there has been a 32% recovery of tourism in Aruba.

The others news to report today is that effective Saturday 11/21 the CDC changed it’s travel advisory criteria and added a level four to its system. Aruba as well as MOST OF THE WORLD are now designated at level four. It appears that this is a result of the pandemic again getting out of control and the CDC is trying to advise against unnecessary travel worldwide. This does not mean Aruba is any less safe than it has been and let’s hope if the progress in Aruba continues their level can be downgraded soon to a level two or one. Complete information can be seen here on the CDC website:

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