Otherwise, the government will not be able to pay, for example, the wage subsidies companies have received since the corona crisis began. Aruba’s economy has been badly hit by the crisis. The country has been welcoming tourists again since last month. However, in the past few weeks there has been a significant increase in corona infections on the island, which means, for example, that there are no more Dutch tourists. There are currently 851 active infections in Aruba.
The Netherlands and Aruba have been discussing a new loan for over a month. Aruba is struggling with the conditions set by the Netherlands. Oranjestad sees the Hague plans as a violation of its own autonomy. At the same time, the government recognizes that a new loan is urgently needed. Wever-Croes hopes to be out with the Netherlands before the end of the month.