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Gross official reserves and import coverage decline

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - “Gross official reserves dropped by NAf.197.8 million during the third quarter of 2019, as the external financing and capital transfers from abroad were lower than the deficit on the current account of the balance of payments,” explained Dr. Jose Jardim, interim president of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) in the Bank’s third Quarterly Bulletin of 2019.

“Meanwhile, the import coverage went down from 4.5 months at the end of June 2019 to 3.6 months at the end of September 2019,” Jardim added. He explained that the deficit on the current account of the balance of payments narrowed during the third quarter of 2019 compared to the third quarter of 2018 due to an increase in the net export of goods and services, moderated by a worsening of the current transfers and income balances.

The increase in the net export of goods and services was ascribable to a decline in imports, moderated by lower exports. “Merchandise imports by particularly the wholesale and retail trade and construction sectors in both Curaçao and Sint Maarten shrank during the third quarter of 2019,” Dr. Jardim pointed out, while adding that the oil import bill in Curaçao dropped, the import of construction services in both Curaçao and Sint Maarten went down, and the foreign operational expenses of international banks and trust companies in Curaçao decreased.

“Meanwhile, the contraction in exports reflected lower foreign exchange earnings from bunkering activities, refining activities, wholesale trade, international financial services, and legal and management consulting services in Curaçao. In addition, the receipts from cruise tourism in Sint Maarten dropped.

However, higher revenues from stay-over tourism in both Curaçao and Sint Maarten and increased merchandise exports by the wholesale trade sector in Sint Maarten and the free-zone sector in Curaçao moderated the contraction in exports during the September quarter of 2019,” Dr. Jardim added.

He further explained that the current transfers balance deteriorated as a result of a decline in current transfers received from abroad as most of the claims of local insurance companies to pay their clients in Sint Maarten whose properties were damaged by the hurricane in 2017 were settled in 2018.

“In addition, the worsening of the income balance was the result of an increase in dividend paid to foreign investors, moderated by a growth in labor income earned from abroad and dividend received on foreign assets. Furthermore, interest payments to abroad dropped,” Dr. Jardim pointed out.

“In light of the downward trend in gross official reserves and the import coverage, the Bank decided to tighten its monetary policy during the third quarter of 2019. As of mid-August 2019, the Bank resumed the bi-weekly auctions of CDs after these had been suspended temporarily in December 2018.

CDs were offered to the commercial banks in both guilders (NAf.) and US dollars leading to NAf.115.7 million in outstanding CDs at the end of the third quarter of 2019,” the interim president explained. “Meanwhile, the reserve requirement percentage was kept unchanged at 18.00%.

Nevertheless, the amount of required reserves dropped during the July-September period of 2019 due to the lower base amount upon which it is calculated,” Dr. Jardim concluded.

The complete text of the Report of the President and the Bank’s third Quarterly Bulletin of 2019 can be viewed on the Bank’s: https://www.centralbank.cw/publications/annual-reports-quarterlybulletins/2019

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President Gibbs presents plan to prevent business closure and to protect jobs

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) – President of the Collectivite of French Saint-Martin Daniel Gibbs on Saturday evening released a statement with respect to the fiscal and economic measures that would be put in place and offered to the business community of Saint-Martin.

President Gibbs statement is as follows:

Dear economic actors, business leaders, Saint Martiners,

Once again, our territory is facing an unprecedented crisis. Following hurricane Irma in September 2017, it is indeed a global health crisis that is putting the lives of our businesses and our jobs at risk.

First of all, I wanted to assure you of the support of all the elected representatives of the Territorial Council of Saint Martin.

It took us several days of active work with my teams to identify the margin we have to support you as effectively as possible.

In addition to the measures announced by the French Government, our only objective is to give you the means to maintain your cash flow to avoid as much as possible business from closings and to protect jobs.

This new episode is a challenge for our Collectivité as for all the Regions of France. We are gradually finding out what are the modalities of application of national measures.

Considering our specific status, we are doing our outmost to ensure the eligibility of our territory so that you can benefit from all the emergency measures put in place by the State and the Collectivité.

The situation therefore requires us to sail by sight but that does not in any way affect our commitment to act for you.

Therefore, as a first step, I will soon propose to our assembly a series of tax measures in order to postpone the payment deadlines for direct and indirect taxes for businesses in difficulty.

Consequently, we expect the payment of the TGCA and the corporate tax to be postponed until December 31, 2020.

The payment of the patents’ contribution will be postponed to 2021.

The details of these measures along with a form to be completed for the businesses concerned will be available on the Collectivité’s website as of next Monday.

Secondly, Saint-Martin businesses will be able to benefit from the Solidarity Fund. Aid of 1,500 euros will thus be paid to very small businesses and the self-employed.

Because we want the greatest number of you to benefit from this emergency aid, I decided, with my team, to multiply by 10 the participation of the Collectivité provided for by the ordinance of the President of the Republic.

Thus, the relief fund for Saint-Martin will amount to 800,000 € including 600,000 € of the Collectivité’s contribution already available from our budget.

Over 500 companies will be able to benefit from this aid. Of course, the Collectivité is ready to abound beyond this forecast, if necessary.

I wanted the collective effort to be at the level of the crisis we are going through and the difficulties you are encountering. In a few days, I will therefore propose to our assembly to set up an emergency fund of 5 million euros to support you, in particular to replenish cashflow allowing you to bounce back after the end of the crisis.

Like all the Regions of France, we are still awaiting answers as to the methods of financial intervention by each Collectivités.

We will therefore detail in a few days the steps to take to benefit from this exceptional fund.

Finally, we have taken all measures to accelerate the payment of the majority of the suppliers and service providers of the Collectivité.

Our services and those of the Public Treasury have been mobilized since the beginning of this crisis to make the payments we can honor.

My dear friends, it is thus almost 6 million euros, at first, which come to respond to the emergency that we are experiencing collectively.

Let us not forget that we still have many challenges to overcome in order to improve our infrastructure, our public spaces and our living environment.

We must therefore keep the public investment to the maximum capacity that is necessary for the development of our economy.

Of course, we will have to go further, together.

The successive crises that we have experienced in recent years, in recent months, force us to rethink the objectives that we share for the economic development of Saint Martin.

I plan to take this time to reflect and consult with the main representatives of the economic world.

Rest assured that my team and I are fully committed to safeguarding our economy.

Beyond the measures necessary to support our businesses, our collective duty is to make every effort to overcome this crisis which concerns us all.

I know the commitment of the people mobilized daily to resolve it, in particular the health personnel and administrative personnel who are entirely devoted to the health and administrative preparation of the territory.

I salute their full commitment to the service of the inhabitants of Saint Martin and the involvement of those of our fellow citizens who have taken the measure of the instructions to be followed to prevent the spread of the virus.

Family support, everyone's good citizenship and everyone's full responsibility must be at the heart of this collective fight.

I therefore ask each of you to follow confinement and barrier measures with the greatest rigor.

They are currently our only defense against the Coronavirus.

This fight is a collective fight, it is together that we will win it.

I thank you.

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Miami Patient, Additional Restrictions Coming, Rumours and Scam Artists

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Hon. Prime Minister and Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Silveria Jacobs gave her Friday update as it relates to COVID-19 national response activities.

The Prime Minister’s update is as follows:

People of St. Maarten, both here and abroad, I hereby address you, as Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC (Emergency Operations Center), in an update for today Friday, March 27th, 2020, as part of the process to keep the community of St. Maarten informed about the latest developments and Government’s COVID-19 preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response measures.

Joint Controls

Yesterday, Thursday, March 26th, 2020, I updated you on the joint controls being executed by the Police force of St. Maarten together with their French counterparts. These controls started today, Friday, March 27, 2020. I have been asking for persons to heighten their awareness of ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and the importance of practicing proper hygiene. To protect the population, closures of schools and non-essential businesses have been implemented and minimized business hours have been implemented as well. All with the intention to minimize movement. While no curfew yet exists prohibiting the movement of the population, each and every citizen is asked to STAY at home as much as possible in order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

American Tourist Case out of Miami

The American case of the Miami resident was case number 12 on the French side, which after being admitted to the Louis Constant Fleming Medical Centre, his family arranged via his US insurance for him to be medically evacuated back home. This was supposed to be done via Grand Case Airport, however, due to technical difficulties, the plane could only land at Princess Juliana International Airport where the patient was able to be evacuated back to Florida. Though the patient was tested on French Saint Martin, it cannot be concluded that he contracted the virus on the island, as he was on a boat, which according to him had traveled all along the Caribbean in the past weeks. In doing the contact tracing, the French authorities ascertained that this case was not in contact with the local population of St. Martin/St. Maarten.

Register with the CPS – Call 914

A reminder to all those persons who have returned to the island since Friday, March 13th; you are still required to register with CPS by calling 914 or downloading the document provided for such on Government’s website page at www.sintmaartengov.org/coronavirus, fill it in and email to CPS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These persons should be in self-quarantined (no symptoms, but have a travel history).

Self-Quarantine & Self-Isolation

Persons who have a family member who has traveled in the past three weeks living in their home should also be self-quarantined even if you have no symptoms. Persons who have flu-like symptoms, and no travel history, are not automatically considered suspected COVID-19 patients, but should also self-isolate at home (stay away from their family as well) and monitor their symptoms, in case they may have been exposed to someone who has traveled.

  1. Self-Isolation refers to the separation of ill patients from other persons to ensure the health safety of persons that are not ill.
  1. Self-Quarantine is for persons who may have been exposed to ill persons but are not exhibiting symptoms.

Compliance

The government, via the Tourist Bureau, has made several attempts to utilize empty hotels for quarantining or isolating persons without success. However, any hotel willing to work with the government in this regard is asked to contact the Tourist Bureau or the Health Department in order to facilitate this arrangement as soon as possible. The government continues to explore options to retrofit other buildings to be able to house quarantined as well as isolated persons who are not complying with the self-isolation agreement as has been agreed upon between the patient and CPS.

I’d like to reiterate as stated in my previous National Address on March 26, 2020, that our health care professionals and emergency service providers are tirelessly working 24 hours per day. Give them the time and space to do so, as your excessive movement can be a danger to these persons whom we expect to be able to take care of our needs, should we become seriously ill.

Rumors & Scam Artists

I’d also like to address rumors concerning services being offered on behalf of the Government. Should the government take the initiative to offer services at your home, this will be communicated to you via the Government’s official media platforms. Be aware of the scam artists that would use this opportunity to take advantage of vulnerable persons. Do not give out information to unauthorized persons.

Further Restrictions on Movement Coming

During the EOC meeting held today, March 27, 2020, with ESFs 4, 5, 6, and 9, the decision was made to increase further restrictions on the movement of persons throughout the island via a Ministerial Regulation which is being processed.

Public Health Preparations

Meetings were also held with ESFs 6 & 7. ESF 6 updated me on current cases, challenges with communication in relation to Protocols of SMMC, Ambulance and CPS. A meeting will be held with the full ESF 6 and with General Practitioners in the coming days to improve collaboration and cooperation in the interest of public health. I take this opportunity to request that all qualified Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses LPNs, and student nurses not currently working in the field who are able to assist health care workers in the various health sectors, should call CPS and register so that a pool of back up nurses can be on call to assist when needed. Further information regarding this will be made in a subsequent announcement.

Plan for the Most Vulnerable

The meeting with ESF 7 – social affairs and community development provided an update on the plan to assist the most vulnerable in our society, in advance of the expected economic and social stimulus plan being rolled out. The ESF 7 members representing, community police, community development, Court of Guardianship among others not present, confirmed the plan which includes a food basket of necessities. This is being implemented, and they were given a deadline of April 1st for execution.

Economic Impact & Social Services Assistance

Persons who may have already started feeling the negative effects of the economic downturn from COVID-19 business closures, loss of tourism-related business, etc., should call or email the Social Services Department of Government. Further information as to a hotline number and email address will be announced in a subsequent announcement as well.

On Saturday, March 28th in the afternoon, a meeting will be held with the extended members of ESF 6 in order to get a full update and input from all stakeholders in the health care sectors.

Save a Life, Stay at Home

As I conclude my address, I ask for something very simple. Save a life by staying at home. Stay at home because you matter! Do you hear me? You matter! We are resilient and hopeful people AND we will get through this period. The Emergency Operations Center ESF coordinators are all working in the best interest of you and your families.

Follow our Government Radio station – 107.9FM for official information, statements, and news updates or visit the Government website at www.sintmaartengov.org/coronavirus and our Facebook Page: Government of Sint Maarten.

God bless St. Maarten and her people as we work together; Government, community and each and every St. Maarten resident, to keep her safe.

Corona Virus Daily Stats2 1 newly mar 27 updated

 

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UPDATE: Murder suspect remains in custody on the French side. Gendarmes arrest Simpson Bay parking lot murder suspect

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The suspect in the shooting at the that took place on Sunday March 22nd, 2020 at approximately 02.00 pm in the parking lot of Market Garden was arrested by French police on early Friday March 27th 2020, police said on Friday afternoon in an official statement. The suspect who was staying on the French side of the island Saint-Martin was arrested by Gendarmes.    

The suspect identified with initials W.J.A. remains in custody on the French side of the island. This investigation is still ongoing. 

ARCHIVE - SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) – The police announced early Friday morning that the suspect involved in the murder of a scooter owner on Sunday, March 22, has been arrested by the Gendarmes on the French side of the island. Additional information will be released later today.

The St. Maarten Police Force further stated that they would like to thank the public for the information that they have provided to the Special Unit Robbery of the force who worked around the clock to solve this crime.

ARCHIVE - SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - On Sunday March 22nd, 2020, a man was shot dead in broad daylight by an unknown suspect during a robbery of the victim’s scooter at the parking lot of Market Garden grocer on Welfare road.

The detectives of the Special Robbery Unit are hard at work investigating this cruel and coldblooded act, police said on Wednesday. The police have received information from various sources, of who the suspect is and where he could be hanging out.

“The leads received from the community over the last days have not materialized in getting the personal details of the suspect or the location where he should be residing. We are again requesting the public, to assist us with any info possible that can lead to the whereabouts and arrest of the suspect,” the police said in its statement on Wednesday afternoon.

The police is requesting anyone who may have information about the suspect and who may have information concerning his whereabouts to please contact the Sint Maarten Police Force at +1 721- 542 22 22 ext. 204 or 205 or the anonymous tip line at the number 9300. You can

also visit the police website at www.policesxm.sx or leave a message via the police Facebook page (Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten.

!!!!! This victim could have been your family member!!!!!

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Prime Minister discontinues Vessel Bunkering and Provisioning in the Simpson Bay Lagoon due to Infringements

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Tuesday, March 24 took the decision to no longer allow vessels in the Simpson Bay Lagoon to continue to conduct fuel bunkering and provisioning activities as of midnight Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

The aforementioned can only take place where the vessel is already docked at a facility that provides such at a marina or docking location.

“It was brought to the attention of the EOC on Tuesday that procedures were not being followed in accordance to the directives that were stated before in order to protect the external borders of the country.

“Due to the non-compliance, vessels who require fuel bunkering and food provisioning will have to do this at Port St. Maarten which has a sterile port protocol in place.

“The current COVID-19 situation dictates that vessels and or third parties have to follow the rules that have been set in these extraordinary times. Government has a responsibility to protect the safety and health of the people of Sint Maarten.

“The country is in a partial lockdown and therefore measures have been taken as part of our preparedness, response and mitigation measures towards COVID-19, and to ensure this the rules will have to be complied with and I am sure that those concerned will also agree with me,” Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs said on Tuesday.

The travel restrictions for shippers and mariners went into effect as of March 24th 11:59pm American Standard Time. After this date NO Foreign Vessels (exemptions applied) will be allowed in the territorial waters of Sint Maarten until further notice.

This includes but is not limited to; Pleasure vessels, Fishing vessels, Passenger Vessels, Huckster boats, Mega Yachts, Sailing Yachts, Catamarans, etc.

Applicable Exemptions are as follows:

  1. Locally registered leisure vessels are permitted to operate in the waters of Sint Maarten providing that there are four (4) or less persons (including captain) on board.
  2. Fishing vessels from Saba and St. Eustatius are allowed entry into the territorial waters of Sint Maarten BUT should contact the Immigration Department prior to arrival.
  3. Other trade between Sint Maarten, SABA and St. Eustatius that takes place via water transport will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  4. Large Cargo vessels, Bulk carriers, Bunker Barges/-vessels will be allowed only if the relevant procedures are followed and approval is given by the pertinent authorities who will closely monitor these activities to ensure their adherence.
  5. Bunkering and or provisioning may ONLY be permitted for vessels of 500GT and larger that are passing through Sint Maarten on-route to another destination. This service will only be made available at Port St. Maarten where each request will be evaluated on a case by case basis. At no time are crew or captain allowed to leave the vessel. Bunkering and or provisioning will NOT be allowed to take place at the other marinas or docking locations on island unless the vessel is already docked at a facility that provides such. ‘Social Distancing’ should always be adhered to.  
  6. Locally registered passenger vessels including ferries may be used by the company and or owners for personal use only and cease all commercial activities until further notice.

Conditions attached to the abovementioned exemptions are:

  • The local (maritime) authorities of Sint Maarten reserve the rights to deny a vessel entry that they may deem a threat to the island.
  • Vessel Operators are reminded to contact the office of the Collective Prevention Service (CPS) via the emergency number 914 or VHF Channel 16 if any crew members or persons on board their vessel are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
  • Vessels are required to submit a copy of their Maritime Heath Declaration 48 hours prior to their arrival to the department of Collective and Prevention Services. Late submittal of the declarations can result in delays or entry denials. Note that entry will only be granted after approval of the Maritime Health Declaration by CPS officials and other relevant authorities such as the Immigration Department.
  • Vessel Agents and Marina’s will remain responsible for providing shore support to these vessels while ensuring that crew and or staff adhere to the current restrictions.
  • All crew members and captains that are allowed entry, as a result of the exemptions, will be required to remain on their vessels as much as possible and practice ‘social distancing’ when and where necessary. ‘Shore-Leave’ is prohibited.
  • Effective immediately, the CREW of all vessels that are currently anchored in our bays or docked at any of the local marinas on island, are requested to remain onboard of their vessels for the duration of the travel restrictions that are currently in place for both air and sea travel. ‘Shore Leave’ is prohibited.
  • Local vessel agents and other support services will remain responsible for providing ‘shore-support’ to vessels that choose to remain anchored or docked in the waters of Sint Maarten. They are asked to ensure that their clients and the relevant crew comply with to the above listed conditions.

Compliance with the above-mentioned list is mandatory and violators will be processed to the full extent of the laws of Sint Maarten.

The transmission of the COVID-19 virus is a serious threat to the island of Sint Maarten and anyone who refuses to comply with before mentioned measures can be deemed to be a prohibited alien (non-resident that is not allowed to be on the island).

The Government of Sint Maarten looks forward to the understanding and full cooperation of the maritime community as everybody has a role to play during these extraordinary times.

Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information, and news updates or visit the Government website: www.sintmaartengov.org/coronavirus or and Facebook Page: Facebook.com/SXMGOV

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Prime Minister Jacobs gathers Communication Entities to Help Combat COVID-19

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Cabinet of Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and the Department of Communication held a meeting on March 18, with TelEm Group, PJIA, Port St. Maarten, AUC School of Medicine, Government’s Public Service Center (PSC), and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) ESF 7 Coordinator for Social development. The public relations and communication officers from several Minister’s cabinets and that of the Secretariat also participated in the meeting to pool resources and to increase communication via different mediums with the public to help combat COVID-19, through the dissemination of information.

Though continuously working together in one way or the other, these organizations and Prime Minister Jacobs thought it was important to bring all the stakeholders together, share COVID-19 communication plans, provide suggestions for communication activities and work together to bring information to the public to combat COVID-19. Together with pooled human and financial resources, more can be done for the public.

Prime Minster Jacobs said, “By joining public relations and communication efforts, collectively we are powerful and effective in strengthening our resources to combat COVID-19 and make our community as safe as is possible. We do not want this virus to spread. Therefore, as we communicate more with the public, we ask the public to pay keen attention and heed the advice accordingly.

This meeting facilitated opportunities for all stakeholders to provide suggestions and plans of actions that can be used jointly. In this manner, we can continue educating the general population on practicing safe hygiene and informing on what is being done to ensure that the COVID-19 is being contained in the community.

With this cooperation, one of the projects discussed is the TelEm ‘CORONA_INFO’ text messaging which was launched on March 19, 2020. This project enables TelEm to broadcast messages to all their subscribers. These messages encourage users to click on the link in the text message, which provides health tips and crucial information. In addition to the text message information, TelEm Group will continue their social responsibility by launching the CORONA VIRUS telephone line and other planned initiatives such as info-pamphlets (leaflets) and increased broadband for the American University of the Caribbean and that of the University of St. Martin to facilitate online learning.

Listen to Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and updates or visit the Government website: www.sintmaartengov.org/coronavirus or its Facebook Page: Facebook.com/SXMGOV.

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St. Maarten Parliament first to pass a law via remote meeting

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Parliament of St. Maarten on Monday became the first Parliament body in the history of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to digitally vote on a law. President of Parliament MP Rolando Brison (UP) chaired the historic meeting on Monday which focused on an amendment to the UTS shares sales initiative law which he initiated last year.

With all MP’s adhering to social distancing directives in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, Parliament meetings will now be held via video/remote conferencing until further notice. Each MP, complete with personalized backdrops, participated in the meeting from his or her location from home or a private office.    

The law amendment, voted on unanimously by Parliament, allows the adjustment of the maximum price of the shares sale which in turn allows Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion to collect the second half of the payment from the sales. The first half was already received by St. Maarten late last year. Irion was also present on the remote conference from his location in the Government Administration Building.

MP Brison said with the law passing, government will be able to collect millions of guilders from the remainder of the sale of UTS shares. “The timing of this could not be better, as government needs every guilder it can get to drive us through the tough times that are undoubtedly ahead. Minister Irion indicated the payment would go directly into the liquidity which is already being used for (Covid 19) recovery.”

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COCI March 26 Grow Your Business Workshop Postponed

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) would like to inform the business community that the next “Grow Your Business with COCI Workshops scheduled for March 26 has been postponed for a future date.

This is the last workshop in the series which will be about Financial Planning, by Ahmed Bell. A new date will be announced at a later point in time as the interests in the workshop series since its inception has been very high from entrepreneurs seeking information.

COCI says that a number of restrictions has been put in place by the Government of St. Maarten with respect to protecting public health due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

The Chamber requests all businesses to follow local public health advice and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations such as making sure workplaces are clean and hygienic, for those business operations that continue to provide service to the community and are considered essential services.

Maintain social distancing of at least one-meter (3-feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain a virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

WHO recommendations are: Surfaces (e.g. desks and tables) and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly; Why? Because contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads.

Promote regular and thorough handwashing by employees, contractors and customers: Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace. Make sure these dispensers are regularly refilled; Display posters promoting hand-washing – ask your local public health authority for these or look on www.WHO.int; Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefings at meetings and information on the intranet to promote hand-washing; Make sure that staff, contractors and customers have access to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water; Why? Because washing kills the virus on your hands and prevents the spread of COVID19.

Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace: Display posters promoting respiratory hygiene. Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefing at meetings and information on the intranet etc.; Ensure that face masks and / or paper tissues are available at your workplaces, for those who develop a runny nose or cough at work, along with closed bins for hygienically disposing of them; Why? Because good respiratory hygiene prevents the spread of COVID-19.

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Chamber of Commerce & Industry Closed to the General Public

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is widely spreading to other countries around the world and has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Due to the above, the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) is closed to the general public.

All request for services to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Lead time is maximum 24 hours for completion or response of request. COCI to You will be utilized for drop off of documents.

NO cash payments will be accepted, check and card transactions only. Services will be based on appointment only.

This will be implemented as of Wednesday, March 18 and will continue as long as country Sint Maarten is restricted as indicated by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Adjustment can be expected and if needed will be communicated to general public.

COCI requests all businesses to follow local public health advice and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations such as making sure workplaces are clean and hygienic: Surfaces (e.g. desks and tables) and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly; Why? Because contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads.

Promote regular and thorough handwashing by employees, contractors and customers: Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace. Make sure these dispensers are regularly refilled; Display posters promoting hand-washing – ask your local public health authority for these or look on www.WHO.int; Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefings at meetings and information on the intranet to promote hand-washing; Make sure that staff, contractors and customers have access to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water; Why? Because washing kills the virus on your hands and prevents the spread of COVID19.

Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace: Display posters promoting respiratory hygiene. Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefing at meetings and information on the intranet etc.; Ensure that face masks and / or paper tissues are available at your workplaces, for those who develop a runny nose or cough at work, along with closed bins for hygienically disposing of them; Why? Because good respiratory hygiene prevents the spread of COVID-19.

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UPDATED: Winair’s revised travel advisory/schedule

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - Due to newly imposed travel restrictions by our destinations, WINAIR has adjusted our flight schedule as follows effective March 19, 2020;

 

Flight #

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

St. Maarten – Saba

2405

09:00-09:15

Saba - St. Eustatius

2405

09:25-09:40

St. Eustatius – St. Maarten

2405

09:50-10:10

St. Maarten - St. Eustatius

2541

16:00-16:20

St. Eustatius - Saba

2541

16:30-16:45

Saba – St. Maarten

2541

16:55-17:10

St. Maarten - St. Eustatius

2505

09:00-09:15

St. Eustatius - Saba

2505

09:25-09:40

Saba – St. Maarten

2505

09:50-10:10

St. Eustatius – St. Maarten

2441

16:00-16:20

St. Maarten – Saba

2441

16:30-16:45

Saba - St. Eustatius

2441

16:55-17:10

St. Maarten – Saba

2405

09:00-09:15

Saba - St. Eustatius

2405

09:25-09:40

St. Eustatius – St. Maarten

2405

09:50-10:10

St. Maarten - St. Eustatius

2541

16:00-16:20

St. Eustatius - Saba

2541

16:30-16:45

Saba – St. Maarten

2541

16:55-17:10

All other flights are deferred and this reduced flight schedule will operate until further notice. Due to rapid changing restrictions this schedule is subject to change as WINAIR is required to follow these rules and restrictions.

To assist our customers with bookings and changes, our reservation/sales office and call center at WINAIR’s Main Office, Airport Road #69 Simpson Bay will be open 7 days a week from 8am until 5pm, beginning Monday March 23, 2020 (if conditions remain unchanged). You can contact us by phone: +1 721 545 4237 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit our Sales Office on the Airport Road.

Bookings and changes can also be done online. We are also making every effort to keep you informed with daily updates of our destinations travel restrictions on our website fly-winair.sx.

ARCHIVE - SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - WINAIR continues to coordinate our efforts with our destinations and stakeholders during this constant evolving situation of the shared global effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 Corona virus.

Due to the travel restrictions put in place by our destinations, WINAIR has adjusted our flight schedule as follows,

Today March 17, 2020 WINAIR flights to Aruba and Haiti are discontinued until further notice.

Thursday March 19, 2020 our flights to the following destinations will be discontinued until further notice:

  • Bonaire
  • Curacao
  • Dominica
  • San Juan

Friday March 20, 2020 WINAIR flights to Santo Domingo are discontinued until further notice.

Flight scheduled to the following destinations remain unchanged until Sunday March 22, 2020:

Antigua, Saba, St. Barth, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and Tortola.

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