Monday 1 June, 2020

Sint Maarten PM to tourists: Start making your reservations

Line up and start making your reservations.  

That’s the word from Sint Maarten Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs who says her dream is to open back the Dutch island to tourism from mid-June.  

During a recent Council of Ministers briefing, PM Jacobs said the timeline would likely coincide with when the island de-escalates to phase four for the opening up of more businesses.  

Phase Four of Sint Maarten’s Economic Recovery Plan is scheduled to go into effect from June 15, 2020.

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PM Jacobs also stated that the return to tourism would also be based on the readiness of the airport and Port with respect to protocols being in place for guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.  

She said serology tests would also have to be purchased for the airport and port to test its employees, for taxi drivers and those entering the country so within a day they will be free to roam.  

PM Jacobs said: “In my dream I am aiming for mid-June when we are planning to de-escalate to Phase Four and from what our Minister and the airports and port say, this can be feasible.  

The people are clamouring to come back.”  

Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs Transport and Telecommunications, Ludmila de Weever said the government was originally looking at re-opening in July as it really wants to be prepared.  

She added that hotel owners and time share owners have been proactive in preparing their establishments to be ready.  

As of May 21, Sint Maarten had only three active COVID-19 cases with 59 persons listed as recovered.  

The island to date has recorded 77 confirmed cases.  

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