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Playa Linda Update on COVID-19

March 16, 2020

As per an official announcement made by the Government of Aruba on March 15, 2020, a temporary suspension on all inbound travel to Aruba by non-residents has been instituted. This will be in effect beginning midnight Monday, March 16, 2020, and ending March 31, 2020, with travel restrictions subject to change as additional precautionary measures are evaluated. This mandate is a direct response to global health concerns and the pandemic status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Government of Aruba has made this difficult but necessary decision based on considerations of its limited emergency medical care capacity as well as in its concern for both the Aruban people as well as its valued international visitors. 

What this means for our members and guests currently with us at the Resort:

This mandate does not apply to outbound travel for international travelers currently in Aruba – you will be able to take your return flight home. We ask that you reach out immediately to your airline to learn of any schedule changes and to confirm the status of your return flight. Rapidly evolving circumstances may impede future travel, and relief flights will only be available if the airline is willing to operate them. We strongly advise our members and guests to not wait in speaking with your respective airline and to move up dates of travel, if at all possible. 

The Resort is adhering to all government protocols and guidelines, and therefore, we will only have a skeleton crew available at the Playa Linda from this Tuesday, March 17th, through until Sunday, March 22nd.  All festivities, meetings and group gatherings have been cancelled, including the weekly Members’ Meeting and the March 18th (Flag and Anthem Day) employee celebration. 

In the meantime, Playa Linda Beach Resort remains in contact with Aruba’s Department of Public Health as information is released.  We are listening carefully to the advice of their medical experts, regarding everyday preventative measures, in order to keep our resort safe and visiting families healthy.  Safety and cleanliness are always a priority at Playa Linda.

The Resort has implemented stringent cleaning procedures, including deep cleaning/sanitizing in our rooms and public areas throughout the day. Industrial grade cleansers are being used.  

The Playa Linda Beach Resort encourages all of our members and guests to familiarize themselves with World Health Organization (WHO) standard recommendations that include:

•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

•Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough/sneeze.  Discard the used tissue.

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Above all, let us remain good neighbors, remain calm and stay respectful of others, and participate fully in all recommended prevention efforts, which also include:

•Avoid large gatherings, where possible, and close contact with other members and guests

•If you have symptoms of illness, please stay in your room, and inform the Front Desk, who will,

in turn, contact the proper medical assistance. 

To our members whose weeks are affected by the travel ban: 

We would like nothing more than to welcome you back during your scheduled week. But your safety is our highest concern. Please be patient as we gain more insight into this unprecedented and unforeseen circumstance. Playa Linda Beach Resort remains in contact with government and tourism officials. According to any new developments, we will quickly adapt and work to accommodate our members, wherever possible. We will keep you updated on all efforts.

More information, as it comes to light, may also be gained via the official statement, made by Aruba’s Ministry of Tourism, Public Health and Sport, and found on the Aruba.com website: https://www.aruba.com/nl/traveler-health-requirements

Thank you for being a part of our Playa Linda family. We are grateful for our loyal community of members and guests and look forward to welcoming you back to the Resort as soon as is possible. 

Sincerely,

Peter van Grinsven

General Manager