Utila Municipality 2020-08-31
Update from Mayor Bodden: Video
Entire video is English. Spanish will be posted in a separate video, but as of this writing it hasn’t been published.
The municipality is working with the minister of tourism on reopening the island. They’re expecting her to send some staff over to assist with planning.
For reopening they’re also working with the previously mentioned new rules and guidelines. There’s a desire to start up much better than how the island was operating before.
There will be another meeting in the next week or so to see how people are feeling about reopening businesses.
Today the corporation had a meeting and decided to let all residents return with just a rapid test. So no need to do a PCR to come home as of 2020-09-01.
Rapid tests can be acquired in La Ceiba or San Pedro Sula. If you’re arriving internationally and coming across the same day or next day, the test you took to arrive in Honduras is still valid. It’s valid for 72 hours (he said 62, but this is probably a mistake as all others rules are 72 hours). The change is because the PCR test is expensive and can be difficult to get.
The ferry got an inspection and OK from SINAGER.
- They are now safe to open business.
- There has been no discussion between the ferry and the municipality as to when the ferry will start operating.
- The municipality has the final say in when and how this will happen. This is waiting on the new immigration rules the municipality is putting in place to be finalised, which is expected to happen this week.
- As an example of a change: hiring people will require a job letter showing
that they have a job and require presenting police records.
- There have been a lot of problems in the past and the goal is to try and prevent them in the future (or at least slow the problems down).
- On Saturday, 5 thieves were taken off the island
- Private boats will be similarly regulated
There is going to be a porch along the main road going to the dock and the construction for this is going well. The aim is to cover the cement with wood as well to make a much more presentable entrance to the island.
- There are now two extra doctors on the island.
- Oxygen is being moved regularly onto the island.
- CB (a tech diver) voluntarily went to the mainland to get oxygen for the island and not only transported it for free, but paid for it too.
- There’s been another large donation of COVID-19 medicine
Volunteers are also handing out food and spraying for mosquitoes. This has been a huge help.