Governor Silvestri 2020-04-06
The is a transcript of the English transmission. There is also a Spanish transmission which I do not translate.
Given I’m late in writing mine up, the Official summary has also been posted.
Note that it’s been re-ordered and some repetition collapsed.
- Current total: USD 118,916; HNL 2,943,432
- This is why the foundation is legally established in the USA and the website is transparent.
- No spending yet, still fundraising and planning. Commission will be responsible for the spending to ensure it’s used responsibly.
- Over USD 7,000
Reminder: It only takes one case to wipe out an island.
- Semana Santa holidays are cancelled this year.
- This is not the time to be on the beach, it’s not a holiday, please stay home.
- The governor will be asking the police to ensure that no one is out.
Stay at home:
- Please plan ahead so you’re not tempted to go shopping on days which are not your allocated day. A single bottle of shampoo (for example) is not justification to go out.
- Philippines has taken a shoot on sight policy for anyone who’s out. That’s crazy, but it’s an example of how serious this is.
- San Pedro Sula is so bad they’ve had to close all supermarkets
Opening up for local business:
- Can send list of employees and what hours you’d like to work (within the limits of the curfew) to the chamber of commerce to apply for a permit.
- Essential businesses only. For example, no discos.
- All of these petitions will be sent to Tegucigalpa as a package to approve.
- Probably open Mon, Wed, Fri
- New press release for:
- Gasoline stations
- Now open until 17:00 Mon, Wed, Fri
- 07:00-09:00 is only for those who are vulnerable. Please don’t use those hours if you’re not in the vulnerable group.
- Some supermarkets doing delivery Tue and Thu
- Senior is classified as 65 and older
Spreading out the number of people at a supermarket:
- There has been a discussion of opening every day and having one number on most days so there are fewer people on any given day.
- Do your sermons remotely with video conferencing.
- First spread of COVID-19 in Honduras was due to someone going to church. Please don’t replicate that on the Bay Islands.
- Can work
- They need to have a uniform or something to identify what they’re doing
- Allowed from a private boat
- Small crew and contained area.
- There’s a group in Pineapple Villas which is providing food for the local community, this helps a lot.
- Travel between islands is still prohibited, please stay local.
- Depends on what you’re doing
- Shops selling diving is going to be a problem
- If have own gear, boat etc, maybe. Fishing is permitted because it’s collecting food for people (and often more than those doing the fishing).
- Reach out to governor if you want to check
- Lionfish hunting is OK as long as it’s not commercial (and doesn’t use commercial equipment).
- 23 clear, 2 pending
Extra kits for Utila:
- Kits are for the Bay Islands. Don’t dilute the effort, the kits we have (and the ones we’re getting) are for all the islands.
- Mandatory as of Tuesday.
- Bay Islands trying to comply.
- Some people arrived illegally. They have been quarantined.
- If you’re suspicious, please send a picture, audio recording or other data that can help the authorities to follow up. Currently there’s a lot of false positives.
- 2 days ago on the east end of Roatan
Return for residents:
- Before anyone is allowed back on the island, we need to have the rapid response kits that return results in 15-30 minutes.
- Need to have quarantine area setup too.
- Once we have the test kits, we’ll be able to allow people to return home immediately without a quarantine.
- All the Honduran authorities are making decisions as a unit.
- Every day is changing, this quarantine should end April 12, but we just don’t know and given there’s a huge rise in cases San Pedro Sula it seems likely this will extend.
- Canada and the USA will also help determine this as they are the biggest markets for the islands and their numbers are skyrocketing.
BYO test kits:
- Won’t be accepted as a way of getting back into the islands
- Need to have a known quality and consistency of results
- Please leave lots of positive comments on the volunteer profiles. They put in a lot of work, especially the translators.
Hospital this morning:
- A young man was shot. Because it was a violent crime, there needs to be an autopsy, but the family just wanted to bury them.
Getting message out:
- Many people don’t have access to the internet
- Doctors have been doing a great job going to community boards to get the message out.
- Have good stocks