The Chiriqui tourism sector which has lost over $300 million in the seven-month pandemic lockdown, is back in business with hotels and other accommodations observing strict biosecurity measures as they reopen their doors.
According to the Ministry of Labor, in the districts of David, Dolega, Boquete, Barú, and Bugaba, 18 accommodations were opened between hotels, hostels and motels, which had been closed seven months ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jorge Tovar, president of the Chiriquí Chamber of Tourism, said that just as there is a good spirit in the reopening of the activity there are some "potholes" in some regulations, such as the fact that in the province there is still an absolute quarantine during the weekend That is, all people must stay inside their homes or places where they are staying on Saturday and Sunday, preferred days for sightseeing.
Hermenegildo Baker, regional director of the Labor Ministry and Ada Castillo, from the Department of Biosafety of the Minsa, assured that compliance with the biosafety regulations for the prevention of Covid-19, and the reactivations of workers' contracts were observed.
Among the hotels, hostels and motels that restarted operations are: Big Daddys in Barú, Motel Villa del Mar in David, Motel Los Lagos, Beverly Hills, Las Américas, Hotel Puerta del Sol, Hotel Los Brezos, Bambus Hostal, Hotel Aranjuez, Las Olas Resort, Iberia, Lucero, Hotel Ciudad de David, Los Rivera, Hotel Castilla, Residencial Obaldia, Hotel Iris and Pensión Costa Rica.
MIkkel Pedasi is no Paradise it's an overpriced gringo location that has had it's share of crime stories. Remember the crime spree when all the gringo houses were being robbed? It's not even a beach town as the beach is miles away but that doesn't stop the shameless promotion of this sweaty little pueblo. Everything is gringo priced so expect to pay 3 times as much as anywhere else in Panama for the same quality. There are months during the year where there is almost a nonstop parade of heavy noisy stinky trucks hauling farm goods right through town. The skyline has been destroyed by billboards everywhere touting overpriced real estate. The phrase buyer remorse was created to Describe Pedasi, Panama. The gringos in Pedasi range from old pervy retirees to young potheads. The idiots who bought an overpriced property there and are trying to unload it are second only to people trying to sell an $8 pizza for $20. You think that the higher price equals better service? Think again!! Do yourself a favor and never make a turn at Divisa, trust me you won't miss anything.
Well snake I see you're the same racist homophobe you always were and are.
Awwww. Casual is offended. Probably a gay, black democrat. Boo hoo you idiot.
Good grief tomcat. Why are you posting here? Aren't you safe in your white republican neighborhood? Black people steal stuff and white republicans don't??? Moron.
Come to Pedasi, extremely minimal crime, EVERYONE works together, Pedasi is the Most Cohesive District in Panama. Check out my wife's blog that she started before we moved here 7 years ago. www.ourthirdlifepedasi.com
Would you leave something of value unattended in the black part of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit? It's the same in Panama if you want to keep it then hide it. People moving to Panama from safe republican areas of the USA are not in the proper mindset to survive there. You ain't in Kansas anymore!
They stole my Kayak out of the bed of my truck. After a day on the river I stopped at McDonalds to go to bathroom and grab a bite to go. While in the bathroom less than 10 minutes 3 guys cut the straps and left in a white Hilux with my kayak. Video did not pickup their tags and police acted like it was my fault the victim for leaving it out of sight while in the bathroom. They steal everything here even in broad daylight and no one cares.
Everyone knows you can't leave a property unattended here or your shit will be stolen. I also had police with dogs around my car but that was near Rio Hato not Divisa. Is there a gringo drug smuggling operation that were not aware of? Roads keep getting worse and worse with the lack of revenue and people hungry. I hate to see what they look like next year. I agree that if you have to be away from home do it during daylight and leave a radio or tv on. No guarantees here as all hungry eyes are on us now.
My neighbor came from the USA to check on his property which had been empty since June he and his wife took evacuation flights outta here. He found their two bedroom had been robbed and ransacked. Everything stolen even the toilet paper rollers and shower curtains. His well was damaged as no care was taken when they were stealing his pump. He has to stay an extra week to do repairs and I offered that he could stay with me but he declined. His frustration and anger is just multiplied in this steamy heat. He said that he was stopped many times between PC and here and was even pulled from the car by police in Divisa to have his car searched by dogs. He's going to sell but I have had my house for sale since May with no takers and mine is much nicer so he's probably stuck like many of us. On the bright side at least he has nothing left to be stolen so when he flies back he can have no worries. Myself on the other hand worry everytime I go away for just a day, no way can I leave the place overnight with so many impoverished out of work locals eyeing me. Stay safe everyone.
Panama is just a miserable place and has been since March. Do yourselves a favor and just cancel your plans if you are thinking of coming here. Expect a citation if you forget your mask or are within 3 meters of another person. Expect a downtrodden people to be even less helpful. Expect to be locked in your hotel room on weekends and the beaches, for what they are, closed. If you deviate from the rules expect a thousand snitches to call and report you. The tourism catch phrase for Panama is " stay away not a good place to come and play".
Dumb move leaving the quarantine in place on the week ends. Makes no sense whatsoever.