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This news update provides information on the passenger flight restrictions enacted on Bonaire as well as other updates related to COVID-19 news on Bonaire.

Update to flight restrictions for Bonaire for passenger flights to and from the island.

In connection with COVID-19, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has extended the passenger flight restrictions to and from the island of Bonaire until 6:00 PM local time on June 15, 2020.

Other COVID-19 related news from Bonaire.

Changes in the Emergency Ordinance of Bonaire.

In his twice-weekly address to the Bonaire community, Lt. Governor Edison Rijna informed the public that there has been a revision to the island’s Emergency Ordinance, as the island begins to relax restrictions made to date.  This ordinance allows for the following:

  • Nightclubs, saunas, and spas are allowed to open as of May 15, under strict conditions.
  • Swimming pools may also reopen their doors to the public.
  • Competitions are not allowed, this also applies to children.
  • Events for which a permit is required, are also prohibited.

The new Emergency Ordinance COVID-19 including the additional eased measures is effective from May 15 up to and including May 31, 2020, under strict conditions. The social distance of 1.5 meters and the gathering of no more than 50 people remain in force. Hygiene measures also still apply: wash your hands well and often, with soap. These rules continue to prevent an uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus. Although the chance is getting smaller, it cannot be entirely excluded that the coronavirus is present on Bonaire.

These steps are in preparation for the mitigating measures that will be taken step by step to be able to recreate some normalcy on the island again and to allow tourism in the long term.  Accepting these long-term rules ensures that we are prepared for what – to a small extent – will come our way. The virus will really make its appearance on the island, which is also something that the population must accept. It is important that it can be handled well. By adhering to the hygiene measures and appropriate distance measures, a widespread infection is prevented when the virus enters.

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(Source:  RCN and 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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