Since arriving on March 15th, there really isn’t much exciting to report except that we are still Quarantined to 5KNOTS. Today is Day 24 of our confinement! When you say day 24, that is quite a long time for us because the only place we stayed this long at one time was a couple of years ago when anchored at Long Island in the Bahamas. We stayed there not because we had to but because it was a great island to visit.
Restrictions here in St. Martin have been progressively getting tighter. The Dutch side of the island has instituted a 24 hour lockdown. This means that nobody is allowed to be out and about unless you have a pre-approved form from the Ministers office. Since we are anchored and cleared with the French, we are no longer allowed to even go to the Dutch side. As for the French, only one person can go ashore with the appropriate documents and only for groceries, fuel or water and only for one hour at a time. I have been ashore twice, once for groceries and the other to get water. Renée has been ashore for groceries four times. I never thought going to the grocery store would be such a treat.
So what have we been doing? During the day we use our phones to get on the internet, read, do Fill-In puzzle books, clean the boat, nap and then repeat. All-in-all it could be much worse and we are making the best of it. Renée continues her usual great job of provisioning for us so we have a healthy variety of things to eat and snack on. She has also baked fresh bread for us to enjoy. Renée also switches out our cockpit sun shades periodically so we stay protected from the sun and never get tired of our curtains.