By The Daily Herald,
SABA–There are currently nineteen people in quarantine and there are still two active cases of COVID-19 in Saba, Island Governor Jonathan Johnson said in Tuesday’s coronavirus update.
As the number of cases on other islands continues to rise, especially in Aruba, and considering that Bonaire and Curaçao had their borders open to Aruba during the past weeks, the risk-profile for these islands has changed to medium. Therefore, Saba’s travel protocol for persons travelling from Bonaire and Curaçao has also changed. This means that leisure travel from those islands is no longer allowed and quarantine procedures must be followed for any essential travellers coming from there.
Quarantine is not required for patients of Health Insurance Office ZVK returning from Bonaire and Curaçao if they have travelled under the strict ZVK protocol.
Any incoming travellers from high-risk countries, such as the United States and St. Maarten, are required to go to a central quarantine location in Saba. The traveller will be responsible for the purchase and delivery of groceries to this location, as well as paying for the cost of staying there.
Saba is currently on alert-level two, and will remain as such for an additional two weeks, if no further developments occur, Johnson said.
Travel during this time is very uncertain, which results in frequently changing travel policies and measures. “We, therefore, advise that any persons wishing to travel off island for non-essential purposes take this into consideration,” he said.
The organisation of return travel, as well as any additional cost this may incur, will be the responsibility of the traveller, Johnson cautioned.
The travel policy that only essential and medical travellers, students and residents may enter Saba remains in place. Any person wishing to do so must first send an email to email@example.com to request permission for entry. If the request is approved the person will receive a travel exemption letter, which is needed for travelling and outlines the conditions that must be followed. Persons without a letter will not be permitted to enter Saba.
“Remember, if you at any time display symptoms which may be related to COVID-19, do not go to work, instead isolate yourself at home and call the hospital immediately. Continue to apply strict hand hygiene and physical distancing where possible. Let us continue to work towards keeping the community of Saba safe,” the governor said.
Main photo: Saba’s Juancho Yrausquin Airport