Surfing Postponed in Bocas del Toro – National Government Vetoes Local Exception

On December 21st, a statement was published by Bocas del Toro’s Ministry of Health giving special permission for beach access for the activity of surf, as physical exercise. Within 24 hours of the release of this statement, on the morning of December 22, the Bocas del Toro Ministry of Health received word that is exception is being rejected by health officials in Panama City.

“According to an direct order at the national level, the beaches will be closed. I had explained the situation and the previous agreement that we had for surf as a physical activity, for the days no quarantine, however, at the national level they don’t want movement of people of any kind,” explained Dr. Carlos Miranda of the Bocas del Toro Ministry of Health.

Surfing in Bocas del Toro will resume once the beaches open again, which could be as early as January 4, 2021.

In the meantime, the Bocas del Toro community stands in solidarity with whatever must to be done in order to save lives and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country of Panama.

Featured image by Gaby Alexander.


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