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Bonaire’s Emergency Ordinance extended through June 10, 2020.

The revised rules from Bonaire’s Emergency Ordinance will enter into force on June 1, 2020 and will apply until 00:00 on June 10, 2020, unless it is decided to extend or repeal this emergency ordinance before that time.


• In any disputes over the interpretation of the law, the Dutch emergency ordinance is the only official version. This summary is only an additional service and does not have legal validity.

Summary of Bonaire’s Emergency Ordinance

  • Nightclubs, spas, and saunas can reopen under strict conditions. A maximum of 50 people can be present, this includes staff. Those present must always observe a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from each other. Visitors must observe strict hygiene measures*.
  • Swimming pools can open to the public, to a maximum of 50 people, with an application of the strict hygiene measures* and a social distance of 1.5 meters. Social distancing is not applicable to children aged 17 and under.
  • A complete ban is still applicable to events requiring a permit and to meetings of more than 50 people in the public and private sphere, both indoors and outdoors. This ban also applies to public and private beaches. Church services, funerals, marriages, and meetings necessary for legal or business reasons form an exception. For these meetings, it applies that no more than 50 people may be present and that they must keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other.
  • In public places, everyone must keep a social distance of 1.5 meters. This does not apply to children from 0 to 17 years amongst themselves and to people who are part of the same household.
  • Schools and childcare facilities are allowed to open, on condition that they apply strict hygiene measures*, do not allow more than 50 people at the same time in a room or outdoor space, and keep a social distance of at least 1.5 meters. The social distance does not apply to children up to age 17 amongst themselves, but it does apply to adults.
  • Sports facilities are allowed to open, however with not more than 50 people, a social distance of at least 1.5 meters, and strict hygiene measures*. Contact sports are forbidden, with the exception of contact sports for children aged 17 and under. Children up to age 17 do not need to practice social distancing. Competitions are allowed for children aged 17 and under. Audience with a maximum of 50 people is allowed, when social distance is respected.
  • Catering facilities are allowed to remain open if a maximum of 50 people is present, strict hygiene measures* apply and a 1.5 meters distance from the nearest person is complied with.
  • The casino is also allowed to open under strict hygiene measures*, with social distancing of 1.5 meters and no more than 50 people.

All decisions, as well as instructions given by the police, Royal Military and Border Police (KMar) or public servants appointed for this purpose, must be obeyed immediately. A breach will be punished with a custodial sentence of a maximum of three months or a second category fine.

*Hygiene measures in accordance with the rules of the Bonaire Public Health Department, such as applying good and regular hand and cough hygiene, and regularly cleaning frequently used surfaces, equipment, and toys. Furthermore, it applies that everyone must remain at home if they start to show symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, elevated temperature, or fever.

Read the full emergency ordinance (available in PDF format in the Dutch language) for the exact explanation per decision.

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(Source:  RCN)

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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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