Prime Minister: “Working towards new normal”

WILLEMSTAD - Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath said during the press conference today that Curaçao is going towards the new normal. “The measures we have taken were tough, but we are slowly easing because we want to get this behind us eventually.”

The premier announced that the next phase will start on Monday May 4. Rhuggenaath also reminded everyone to comply with the social distancing rules (two meters). Companies need to apply for exemption for their employees, wash hands, hygiene, and customers must order online or via telephone.

Laundries and dry cleanings can open. Doors remain closed, service is arranged through pick up and delivery. Customers need to call if they want service. 

Auto repair shops can also open this Monday. Each driver can use these services on the day they can use their car (license plate of the day is still valid).

Auto parts stores can open but no walk-ins.

Electronic and home appliances stores can offer services through orders online or via telephone. 

Exemption for employees must be requested, no walk-in but drive-through or delivery, customers can only use the services on their day they can be on the streets with their cars.

Car wash services are also allowed. Customers must remain in the car or wait in an open area at a safe distance.

Premier Rhuggenaath also commented about the shelter in place and the license plate of the day. “We don't want to take your freedom away, but we have to think about our health and safety. However, companies must consider that there are general terms and conditions that are valid now that they can reopen,” said the premier.

“Because more and more people are now on the streets, we are at risk of the second wave or an outbreak. That is why we still ask to stay at home as much as possible, but soon we will come up with a long-term solution that gives a little more freedom.”

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