COVID-19 measures tightened in Bonaire | THE DAILY HERALD

Bonaire’s Executive Council members got vaccinated to set a good example. In a report on “Caribisch Netwerk” Commissioner Nina de Heyer said Aruban ministers had indicated a 30 per cent increase in registration after they publicly took their injections, and she was hoping for a similar local effect.

BONAIRE–On Thursday, Island Governor Edison Rjina announced stricter coronavirus COVID-19-related measures until March 19 at midnight, to prevent an increase in the number of infections on the island. On Wednesday, 55 new active cases were recorded.

  Six cases of the more contagious British variant were also confirmed from 11 tests sent to the Netherlands. More COVID-19 patients can put great pressure on public healthcare, said Rijna.

  To contain the spread, it was decided to scale up from level three to level five of the risk plan, in line with the earlier statement that any large increase in the number of infections would require upscaling.

  Vaccinations against the virus will continue as usual.

  Due to the new restrictions, unessential stores, contact professions, sports facilities, casinos and cinemas will temporarily close their doors. A maximum of one person may be received at home and only one person per household is allowed in essential businesses.

  Furthermore, only pick-up is allowed at restaurants and cafés until 10:00pm. Finally, the governor recommends working from home where possible.

  Schools will remain open. In secondary education, students should be taught in smaller classes.

Source: The Daily Herald