Hats off to the Panama President,Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo and the Panamanian government who has done a great job in keeping the virus count still at zero in the Bocas Del Toro archipelago. By enforcing the rules with no one in and no one out, wearing of masks and selective days and times in Bocas Town for shopping ,the area has stayed safe. Also kudos to the Panamanian people who have followed the quarantine rules.
When we do open back up fully, it will be governments position to let tourist and future ex-pats know that the government understands how important tourism and resident programs are and truly wants all visitors to know they have their safety in mind… as proven !.
As of today, surfers can surf, hardware stores, bicycle shops, grocery stores ,pharmacies and gas stations and essential businesses are open. Every ex-pat and local here looks forward to when the watering holes and restaurants start hopefully opening soon,
Besides most folks here have had to eat their own cooking for way too long! I don’t expect many new chefs to emerge from this experience. There is just so much you can do with peanut butter, hot dogs and popcorn! Personally I’m jonesing for that all time island staple, from the nice lady with my favorite Caribbean roadside food cart…She makes the best spicy fried chicken!!!