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Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks #228251
06/19/2020 10:34 PM
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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: SXMScubaman] #228255
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So, am I reading this correctly? Will the 21 day minimum mean that when they open to Europe and North America on July l, everyone has to stay in St. Maarten for 3 weeks?

Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: KitKat] #228256
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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: BillandElaine] #228257
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Originally Posted by BillandElaine

Thanks. I was just getting ready to post the same thing.

Using the term "recommended" for testing and then following up with "to provide proof of such upon arrival" is rather vague and contradictory. At least it is to me.

Below is another link for information.

MINISTRY OF TEATT


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: KitKat] #228258
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Originally Posted by KitKat
So, am I reading this correctly? Will the 21 day minimum mean that when they open to Europe and North America on July l, everyone has to stay in St. Maarten for 3 weeks?


No, you are not reading it correctly.


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: ruralcarrier] #228260
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Originally Posted by ruralcarrier
Originally Posted by BillandElaine

Thanks. I was just getting ready to post the same thing.

Using the term "recommended" for testing and then following up with "to provide proof of such upon arrival" is rather vague and contradictory. At least it is to me.

Below is another link for information.

MINISTRY OF TEATT


Perhaps if you don't provide proof of testing, they will require that you be tested upon arrival. I expect this to be clarified, and probably to change, before flights are actually available from the US.


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: GaKaye] #228261
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We don't have the capability to test passengers. Can't even test the population.


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: ruralcarrier] #228264
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Yeah, I read that "recommended" and have no idea what that means. .


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: SXMScubaman] #228266
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With hot spots in the US I feel sorry for the people of St. Maarten. Stricter rules need to be implemented. Everything they worked for can be gone after a few flights. I hope you don’t think I’m a naysayer. We already have our tickets for February.

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I have to say, I am surprised that they are not REQUIRING tests. I think this was an economic decision but I do understand why they made it. The average person on SXM of working age has to be having a hard time feeding their family at the moment.


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: Carol_Hill] #228271
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Of course it is. Get tourists back and Gov't and civil servants don't have to take a pay cut to get a loan from Holland.

Of course, our neighbors need to get back to work, but at what cost? It's been stated here many times people don't want to come if they have to wear masks, social distance.


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: BillandElaine] #228273
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Originally Posted by BillandElaine
Of course it is. Get tourists back and Gov't and civil servants don't have to take a pay cut to get a loan from Holland.

Of course, our neighbors need to get back to work, but at what cost? It's been stated here many times people don't want to come if they have to wear masks, social distance.


I think you'll find that more people will be responsible than won't. That's certainly what we see here at home.


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: GaKaye] #228278
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Especially in our age group.

Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: GaKaye] #228280
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I'm seeing more irresponsible behavior here at home. We go into retail stores and many of the employees and customers aren't wearing masks and managers overlook that fact. In our state masks are suggested and recommended but not mandatory.

Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: SXMScubaman] #228283
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The mask issue is quite controversial. Frankly, I doubt they do much good, based on the evidence I read. I do wear one when I'm in a store, mostly to make the people around me feel more comfortable. I noticed today in the grocery store that I could smell the bread while walking down that aisle, so I sort of doubt the mask is protecting me from anything more than an infected person sneezing or coughing directly on me. I do find that most people are respecting the need to give others space, which is the most important thing, in my humble opinion.


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Originally Posted by BillandElaine
It's been stated here many times people don't want to come if they have to wear masks, social distance.


I actually have NOT seen that stated here many times. I think that people will try to do what's right.


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: SXMScubaman] #228292
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I’ve read time and again, people are NOT wild about returning to the island if wearing a mask is part of the price, and truthfully, while I always wear a mask when out in public, I fall into that category, too, and would NOT be thrilled having to wear one on vacation.

I’m not totally believing a mask is the be-all and end-all solution to the spreading of Covid-19 since the theories seem to be all over the place, but jic it is, I will comply and it does make others feel good so I don’t see it as a problem in confined areas. What would make me very unhappy would be the suggestion I ‘must’ wear one while at the beach and that would probably be a deal-breaker for me.


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: pat] #228294
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" suggestion I ‘must’ wear one while at the beach and that would probably be a deal-breaker for me."
Me too.

Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: KitKat] #228295
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OK, sorry. I went back and reread the article and did misunderstand who and what the 21 day minimum referred to. And thanks for posting the entry requirements. Now our biggest problem will be trying to figure out what kind of airline schedule AA will have in February that goes through Charlotte. It is all over the place right now.

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Honestly, if you are 6 feet apart on the beach, there should be no reason for a mask. That makes no sense. I don't see anyone requiring that.


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: SXMScubaman] #228298
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Looks like my August trip may happen after all.

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In MA it's mandatory and our rates have been falling pretty consistently

Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: Carol_Hill] #228301
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No one wears a mask at the beach. We wear one TO the beach until we can be comfortable about social distancing, then take it off. Had a lovely late morning, early afternoon swim today with 2 people at the bar and about 6 on the beach


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: SXMScubaman] #228304
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We don't have our trip planed for another 5 months ( the end of Nov. ) So I know a lot of things can change by then . Today I looked in my area about a rapid response test . And you can get
one with your doctors permission . Just wondering if they will let you have one because you are going to travel ?


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Re: Airport reopening to US postponed for two weeks [Re: BillandElaine] #228307
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Elaine--thanks. That makes sense.


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We also travel in late November. I'm confident that we will be able to get our doctor to prescribe the rapid response test if it's available.


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Maybe we will be lucky and they will have a vaccine by then !! But then again , I don't know if I want to be the first person in line to get that vaccine....... I don't think I would look good with a third eye .
But then again I don't look good with two eyes !!!


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Originally Posted by Jeff_C
Maybe we will be lucky and they will have a vaccine by then !! But then again , I don't know if I want to be the first person in line to get that vaccine....... I don't think I would look good with a third eye .
But then again I don't look good with two eyes !!!


Haha! I've always enjoyed being unique! I doubt there will be a vaccine by then, but I feel there's more of an opportunity for effective treatment.


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I tried to get a test last week. I had chest congestion, stuffy head and felt fatigued but no other symptoms. I was refused a test but got prescribed chest and head xrays instead. Tests are hard to get in WA State. All was clear and feel fine now but was hoping for the test.

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We had to be tested before we were allowed to return to work at the salon. The test took two seconds and results were back with in 48 hours on line.


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OK, no problem, but jeez, they could have SAID that to begin with..


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English is their second, or third, or fourth language. typing


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Lots of appropriate unanswered questions attached to that link. It's sometimes not easy for a asymptomatic person to be tested.

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https://www.moh.gov.jm/jamaica-records-14-new-covid-19-cases/

All 14 cases are imported, arriving on flights from the United States.


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Colour1 you "tested before return...to salon..' It seems rules are different depending where one is located. Hubby went to barber different rules for when I went to hairdresser (same state).

But what surprised me is salon owner said they were told they could not blow dry hair because it would send particles into the air. Made no sense to me because if I have no symptoms wear a mask and they took my temperature outside before I was allowed in, why would blow dry be a problem?

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Elaine--sorry, no, that cannot be the explanation. Obviously, they changed their minds.


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It was a bit tongue in cheek. handshake


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OK, sorry.


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Originally Posted by RonDon
Colour1 you "tested before return...to salon..' It seems rules are different depending where one is located. Hubby went to barber different rules for when I went to hairdresser (same state).

But what surprised me is salon owner said they were told they could not blow dry hair because it would send particles into the air. Made no sense to me because if I have no symptoms wear a mask and they took my temperature outside before I was allowed in, why would blow dry be a problem?


Colour1 is a stylist, working in a salon, so it makes complete sense that he had to be tested before he could return to work. As far as different rules for different locations in the same state, I know here in NC, guidelines have been issued, but some businesses have imposed more stringent measures.


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