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Phase 5 risk level measures now in place on Bonaire, due to augmenting cases of COVID-19 infections.

In a press conference this morning, Bonaire’s Lt. Governor Edison Rijna announced that beginning this afternoon at 6:00 PM, Phase 5 risk level measures (very serious) now apply on Bonaire through 11:59 PM on March 19, 2021.

The reason for this tightening of restrictions is the rapid increase in the number of people with a COVID-19 infection in a short period of time. Public Health registered fifty-five active infections on Thursday, March 4, 2021. The infections lead, among other things, to great pressure on public health care.

In order to contain the spread, it was decided to scale up from level 3 to level 5 of the plan of risk levels. This is in line with the earlier announcement by Lieutenant Governor Edison Rijna that a large increase in the number of infections requires upscaling. The vaccinations against the coronavirus will continue as usual.

Phase 5 Risk Level COVID-19 Measures:

• Private meetings

Maximum 1 person from outside the household. Advice: stay at home for vulnerable groups

• Restaurants and cafes (including recreational transport on the water)

Take-out only until 10:00 PM

• Hotels

Catering for hotel guests: open regularly. Non-guests: take-out only until 10:00 PM.

• Events

No grouping together

• Funeral service and marriage

Maximum 30 people at a distance of 1.5 meters. This only applies to the official ceremony

• Necessary shops

Maximum 1 person per household (excluding children <13 years). Use of a shopping cart is required

• Non-essential shops


• Work

Working from home mandatory where possible

• Contact professions

Closed unless medical indication

• Daytime activities for the elderly

Only emergency shelter

• Churches

No masses or services where people are present

• Sports activities

Gyms and facilities are closed; limited sports

• Sporting events

Sports events are not allowed; view the allowed sports by risk level

• Discotheques and night clubs


• Casinos, Cinemas, and Lotteries


• Saunas


Phase 5 Risk Level Measures in force now on Bonaire through March 19, 2021.
Please note that the schools will remain open. In secondary education, students should be taught in smaller classes. At this time, daycare for the elderly is not possible.

Essential stores and vital functions and services may remain open during Phase 5 Risk Level measures.

Pursuant to Article 4.18, first paragraph, the Island Governor is authorized to designate places where it is prohibited to have shops open to the public. From the situation, as described under risk level 5, measures can be taken with regard to non-essential stores. The spread of the virus makes it necessary to limit the contact moments. Further limiting the number of contacts people have is essential. The Island Governor must take into account the requirements of necessity and proportionality in his assessment.

The second paragraph of Article 4.18 states that the first paragraph does not apply to essential stores. Even when the Island Governor designates places, where it is not permitted to have shops open to the public, supermarkets, petrol stations, pharmacies, and hardware stores, may remain open to the public. These companies are seen as essential to society, so a ban on opening them is considered disproportionate.
Like the closure of other public places, the closing of shops also aims to limit the number of contact moments and to limit the pressure on public places and public transport.

List of essential stores and vital functions and services.

I. Care, including informal care, purchase, and transport of medicines and medical tools;
II. Funeral homes and crematoriums;
III. Police, Coastguard, other services responsible for maintaining public order and Investigation and Police Doctor;
IV. Defense and Royal Netherlands Marechaussee;
V. Public Prosecution Service;
VI. Customs;
VII. Critical positions at Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland;
VIII. Critical functions at the Public Entity of Bonaire;
IX. Legal system, including lawyers and civil-law notaries;
X. Teachers, insofar as they provide digital education and/or care for parents of vital take care of professions;
XI. Critical functions in the representation of third countries Bonaire (Consuls);
XII. Prison and other correctional institutions;
XIII. Private security and surveillance companies;
XIV. Airport, air traffic control, and air traffic safety;
XV. Meteorological service;
XVI. Ports, pilot services, port security inspection, and port state control;
XVII. Public transport;
XVIII. Food chain (broad) concerns supermarkets, mini markets, tokos, bread bakeries, wholesale and import, food transport, local production, processing and delivery, food banks, animal nutrition;
XIX. Production, storage, transport, and distribution of fuels (refined products);
XX. Production and distribution of water and electricity;
XXI. Production and supply of products for cleaning and disinfection, inclusive laundries;
XXII. Financial services, including insurance companies and credit institutions;
XXIII. Transportation of waste and refuse, including the landfill;
XXIV. Sale and transport of building materials;
XXV. Construction work, repair work, maintenance, and work on the infrastructure;
XXVI. Media and telecommunications;
XXVII. Internet and data services;
XXVIII. Postal services;
XXIX. Hotels
XXX. Continuity of emergency services:
a. Control room processes;
b. Firefighting;
c. Ambulance care;
d. Crisis management and disaster relief.

For additional information about Phase 5 Risk Level measures on Bonaire, visit the official crisis management website of the island government.

Testing requirements for all passengers from either Aruba or Curacao to Bonaire.

Starting Monday, March 8, 2021, all passengers arriving in Bonaire must present a negative PCR test, even if they are originating their travel in Curacao or Aruba.  At this time, those originating their travel in either Aruba or Curacao do not require the rapid antigen test.  For all those arriving from high-risk countries, including the United States, both tests are necessary.

Bookmark the page of the official crisis management website which lists all travel requirements for those flying into Bonaire.


(Source:  OLB)

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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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