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Coronavirus: Keeping cabin fever at bay on a quarantine ship in Chile

Thomas Bywater recounts being left high and dry on a Chilean pleasure cruiser

The local Chilean newspaper praised the brave residents in turning back the passengers of two ships that arrived at the port of Punta Arenas.

Less enthusiastic about this reception were the passengers, who were met by the blockade of small cars, stones and laser pointers. This hysteria and angst surrounding the illness proved far more effective than any top-down decision to close the ports.

“So, my dear guests, as you will notice outside you have a mass of the citizens of this beautiful city,” said the expedition manager, summoning a meeting. “We will all be staying here at least one more night.”

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Sandals closing all resorts coronavirus

Sandals
Resorts International is closing all 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts on seven
Caribbean islands from March 30 to May 15 in a move to safeguard the
safety and health of its guests and team members because of Covid-19,
said Sandals chairman and founder Butch Stewart.

No
new arrivals will be accepted as of March 23.

“Recent
global travel warnings, coupled with airline carrier cancellations, compelled
us to make the difficult decision to close,” Stewart said. “Our
team will be reaching out to all guests personally to assist with rescheduling
future plans. The Caribbean is resilient. We have always come back
better, stronger and more passionate than ever. This time will be no
exception.”

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