Governor Silvestri 2020-03-22
Summary of Facebook Live Chat by Governor Silvestri at 2020-03-21 16:45. Skip to 4:50 for English.
Note that it’s been re-ordered and some repetition collapsed.
- We started with 08:00-18:00
- We changed to state of emergency (not martial law), which is a permanent
- Can only leave for:
- Medical emergency
- Travel out of the country
- There is no time when we’re allowed to go out for anything not on that list
- Can only leave for:
- Please stay at home as much as possible, the governor is working from home and encourages everyone else too as well.
Curfew on Utila?
- Everything should be shutdown now, just like Roatan
- Extended until 2020-03-29
- 11 tested, 0 positive
- 2 pending (Lab is overloaded)
- 3 sent today
- Looking at local way to test it, without having to send. Some news of 4 hour test kits
Breakdown of most effected cities?
- Yes, Tegucigalpa (the capital and most populous city) is the most affected
- Only as good as collection
- We are not expecting to have no COVID-19, but to limit the exposure
- 14 days is what we know about length of contagion
- We don’t have many kits
- Not accepting anyone
- Not a lot of kits so using them cautiously
- Using a questionnaire to work out who needs testing
Dealing with long term:
- Have looked at buying breathing machines locally
- Looking into how to do testing locally
- Some supplies arrived today from the donation
No water and food in Coxen Hole?
- Will look into it
- The banks that are closed are unlikely to be open tomorrow
- Some are open, some not. Governor is unable to keep track of individual banks.
- Similarly with pharmacies, some are open some are not
Food bank donations?
- Miss Nidia (sp?), councilwoman in Roatan is doing one
- Not sure when closed gas stations will reopen
- OK to pick up where available
- Great job doing delivery
- Looking to make an exception to be open more
- Please keep an eye on social media for gasoline companies so can see announcements
- Travel for medication is permitted
- Get delivered if you can
- Let us know what you need and how we can help you
Flights that left today:
- WestJet to Canada
- Brought in 4 Hondurans which the Bay Islands were not notified about
- Olympic level athletes who had been training in Canada
- 3 went to La Ceiba
- 1 from Roatan, who is staying here
- Under 14 day quarantine
- Leave anything for this person at the clinic at French Harbour, however pleaese keep this to a minimum to avoid contamination
- Global Guardians Charter to USA
News item about 300 people coming to Roatan:
- These people are not coming to Roatan, they’re crossing by land
- Tropic Air
- Not currently resuming service
- Contact the governor and his team can get in contact with Tropic about more flights
- Getting to RTB:
- There’s a WhatsApp group for each United flight, please join the appropriate one and drop a message there.
- Best way to get to RTB is a charter flight
- This provides the most control to prevent COVID-19 spreading to Roatan
- Troy Bodden did 4-5 flights from UII to RTB today
- Boats for connection?
- Utila dream could run if there are at least 50 people on a flight
- Air Transat:
- Should be two flights, don’t have confirmation yet
- Will put confirmation on chat when we know
- Further flights:
- More flights after tomorrow, still waiting on confirmations
- No particular news
- Czech Republic is the furthest ahead, they’ve sent forms. Working with Jerry Cherney (sp?) the honorary consul to get everyone home as soon as possible.
- Been talking to:
- Honduras Europe website:
- No idea if it’s trustworthy, not in contact with them
- UK and Europe with connecting flights:
- Airlines are cancelling individuals if they can’t guarantee the outbound flight to Europe.
- Europeans generally have it the roughest due to connections
- American Airlines
- Have a deal with United, may be able to rebook you onto a United flight
- No word
- United still coming?
- Tomorrow will be first flight, we are hoping they’re going to make it.
- All flights are fully booked
Hondurans trying to return from Mexico:
- Lots of people are trying to get back to Roatan. If just one is sick the island can’t handle it.
- We are keeping strict rules to avoid the islands getting sick.
- Once USA and Canada are done, will have more time to work on others. There’s a lot of them and they’re easy to deal with so being done first.
Traveling to the airport
- Need passport and ticket, police will let you through if they see them
Airport is open at 07:00
- Arrive as early as possible for flights or late fee visa processing
- Overstay fees:
- If your overstay happened because of the emergency (after March 14), then it will be taken care of and you will be able to leave.
- If your overstay happend before March 14:
- Try to get there as early as possible, even a day or two in advance. Can travel within a 5 day span of paying the overstay.
- Please follow Honduran law in the future. Many places won’t allow you to re-enter if you overstay visas, the governor has never overstayed a visa.
- Pay with a TGR1 (link), this is paid
at the bank.
- Immigration officers can’t take money to avoid corruption
- So it takes extra time which you need to allow for
- Can fill out form online and take it to the bank
- Can not be extended on Utila
Food at the airport?
- Welcome to bring your own, remember liquids rules
Hondurans looking to get to mainland?
- Yes, can look into getting the ferry to take them back
Protocol for people arriving
- Quarantine for 14 days
Ferry between Utila and Roatan restart on the 29th?
- Not sure at this time
Working with US Embassy?
- Yes, closely
- US citizens should enroll in STEP
Traveling for medication
- This is always permitted
Anyone helping animal rescue?
- Not sure, good thought
Water in La Punta de Coxen Hole:
- Will talk to water department