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PM looking at mid June to open for tourism #226987
05/23/2020 11:11 AM
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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #226988
05/23/2020 11:30 AM
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Sounds good, Scuba, but call me a skeptic.
When I return I want to KNOW, first of all, I will do no harm, not to myself or anyone on the island.
But I also want my return to be to that of a vacation . Masks? Quarantines?
I guess I’m asking for a lot but I just can’t imagine the US or the island being ready in that way by June. But that’s just me and others may have very different perspective as to what they’d be willing to accept in order to return.
Good luck to everyone......


Respectfully,

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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: pat] #226992
05/23/2020 12:54 PM
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I am with you pat.


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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: pat] #226995
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June does seem a bit soon, but I'm hoping that this means November will be a go!!

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: GaKaye] #226996
05/23/2020 01:56 PM
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It sure does make it look all the more promising.


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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #226998
05/23/2020 02:33 PM
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Fingers still crossed for July.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #226999
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June 22 here I come........


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For what it's worth, I don't think it's going to happen and even if it does, I likely won't be going......

cloud cloud cloud

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227000
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Rock and Roll, get back to living.

Temperature scans at TSA, gate, and immigration.

Be careful, wash your hands, don’t shake hands or touch stupid stuff. Bring wipes, masks, and gloves and wear them when necessary.

My biggest worry would be people who book and aren’t feeling well but get on the plane anyway.

Need a liberal cancellation policy with a doctor’s note.

Also, if you get sick on vacation you have to fess up, isolate, and reschedule your returns at your expense.

Hopefully the medical side is ready for whatever gets thrown at them.

If your older, assess your risks, and stay home if too high.

Rock and roll, get back to living.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: PelicanPirate] #227003
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"Hopefully the medical side is ready for whatever gets thrown at them."

Not even close if it is brought back here. June is madness.


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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227005
05/23/2020 04:56 PM
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One thing that maybe someone could set me straight on . They talked about a serology test. This is pasted from the article. " 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. " So my question is about the cruse people . They are only there for one day . But the article said with in a day they could roam ?? How can that happen with them ? Please help with any clarification. Thanks


If your motto is ; If at first you don't succeed......
Maybe it would be best not to try sky diving !
Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: Jeff_C] #227006
05/23/2020 05:10 PM
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Looking at August as the earliest cruise arrivals. Maybe the cruise ship conducts that test a day prior to docking. Just a guess.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227009
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Honestly....i really doubt very much that by August, people will be willing to get on a cruise ship. I live in Florida, and have lots of friends that LOVE to cruise...some monthly. They are refusing to step foot on a ship for maybe years. After what happened on those ships at the beginnning of the quarantine, and people stuck on their ships for weeks....The threat of a lot of people hitting the ships are very slim. Right now, the prices are so ridiculously small....and they are having trouble getting cabins sold. I can tell you flat out...this guy and his wife surely will NOT be taking any cruises in the immediate future! Also heard recently, that the ships will probably be doing away with ''self help'' eating....meaning NO BUFFETS. What??? And of course...those long hallways, crowded shows.....extra crowded dining rooms...the lifeboat drills.....the waiting to board in the great crowded arenas...social distancing will be impossible. Our world probably will NEVER be the same as it was.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227012
05/23/2020 07:15 PM
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I do know that my wife's sister and her husband are going on a Royal Caribbean cruse in early September . I do not know if Royal Caribbean has earlier cruses then that . They are not going
To any Islands . I believe they are leaving out of Louisiana . And she did say that there would be no buffet .

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If your motto is ; If at first you don't succeed......
Maybe it would be best not to try sky diving !
Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227013
05/23/2020 07:23 PM
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SXMScubaman That is a good idea I did not think of that .


If your motto is ; If at first you don't succeed......
Maybe it would be best not to try sky diving !
Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: EdB] #227018
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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: GaKaye] #227020
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optimism is picking up, albeit in small amounts, for november for me 2 GaKaye

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: bizzottom] #227022
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I am there with both of you.


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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: Jeff_C] #227023
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Ship could do test at embarkation or require within x days of embarkation. Retest on embarkation.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: EdB] #227024
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I’d go tomorrow if I could be Mostly certain it would sail and actually go to the ports they have on the itinerary

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227025
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Why open up on a Monday and not a Saturday when most resort weeks start? Was still hoping to arrive on June 13th, but not looking good now. Jet Blue still has the flight listed for that day so we'll wait and see.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: BillandElaine] #227026
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I see your worry for June, but I don’t think July2020-June2021 will be any more prepared unless they are building more hospital capacity.

The world has to start turning sometime.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227027
05/24/2020 06:48 AM
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We have timeshare weeks for March. We are seriously considering whether we'll be able to go. There are predictions that the virus could get really bad again this winter. Obviously it's far too early to make any decision.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227028
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For those wanting to come back right quick, perhaps you might consider bringing your own ventilators. We surely don't have enough. Have you given any though to our ability to take care of you if you get sick when the wave comes? So many were concerned about our lack of readiness when this started. What changed?


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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227029
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June? Maybe June 2021. I understand the economy needs tourists, but It seems to me, that some of tourists will bring back Covid 19 to the island. Am I being too pessimistic?

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227030
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As hard as it is, I’m even questioning my trip in January 2021. It’s a big one that I thought long and hard about since it is my present to myself for my big 5-0 birthday. Hubby and I rented a cute AIRBNB for 10 glorious days right on the water in Simpson’s Bay because as much as I wanted to do something really exotic like Thailand, St Maarten really is my happy place. My concern is for the Island. What happens if travellers bring it into St Maarten? It doesn’t sound like they are overly equipped to deal with a major outbreak. What happens if I’m an asymptomatic carrier and I infect people? I would be selfish to only think of my wants, not needs. Right now I just want the island to stay healthy and if it means shutting down tourism, then so be it.

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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: PelicanPirate] #227031
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PelicanPirate you nailed it. Have stop letting fear and anxiety drive our decisions.
Let’s OPEN THINGS UP!!!

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227037
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PelicanPirate- It seems that you are expecting a heavy dose of self policing and self discipline from the returning tourists. Here at home most people are doing their best, but there are still many who seem unconcerned about the welfare of others.

The leaders of these small islands have to make some tough decisions. Whatever they do will be criticized.

Scott

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: LoveSXM333] #227038
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Yes, I am worried about the virus. I was a germaphobe before and now I am an extra special germephobe.

But my bigger fear now is worldwide permanent job loss, large scale standard of living degradation and all that go with that. Crime, despair, drugs.

And I agree with Elaine about a ventilator, I may not be entitled to a special SXM one in June, July but someday Soon SXM supply must meet Steady state demand for these as well as everything else world travelers might need medically some day.

After all, tourists have needed medical care on SXM for heart attacks, strokes, etc.

And eventually travel/medevac insurance needs to factor in COVID-19 risks.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227040
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Exactly get back to NOT living in needless media over hyped up fear! It's bad but thank god many governments are learning we have to deal and learn to live with it. This could and will come and go for a long time and unless you are rich or sitting on a nice fat retirement account most people need to get back work to survive. I am sure when the airport opens they will take the safety steps needed. But you know people will get sick after the island opens....expect that but hopefully they have learned a bit and it won't get to bad and go into hiding again. The island need tourist money and work....not gov handouts that won't or slow to come. Its gonna be interesting for sure.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227047
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Darwin's theory. Survival of the fittest. Go ahead erase my post. But that is what is coming too. And if you do erase my post you are all lost. The retired people are getting a paycheck but the working people need money . I'm not the fittest and I have my own brain and will use it

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227062
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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227064
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Already posted by JD in another thread, but it basically says nothing.


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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227107
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We are planning to return in August 2020 to close up the villa for hurricane peak...


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Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: sxmmartini] #227108
05/26/2020 03:31 PM
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Welcome back. You've been gone for a while. By the way who won the contest? wink

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227201
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June 17th flight cancelled two days ago.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: JCPanic] #227203
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What airline?

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227276
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Our June 13th flight was cancelled on JB, but they are cranking them back up starting July 2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays she said. May consider a late July trip if things are going well.

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I am sorry to say it folks, but no one from the us is going to the island until July.. just check Expedia or any other ticket seller. Our June 11 on AA was cancelled, this A.M., and we can't get back until the 8th.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: rastaman] #227289
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And that date isn't a definite go either. We are scheduled to arrive on July 11 and not to confident that will happen.

Re: PM looking at mid June to open for tourism [Re: SXMScubaman] #227292
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My June 18th flight on AA is not canceled yet


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