In Puerto Rico Jennifer Nogueras plays for the Criollas de Caguas, with whom she won the last championship in the LVSF in 2019. (Archive)
Puerto Rican usher Jennifer Nogueras called on Puerto Rico authorities to implement a more rigorous protocol with visitors and tourists, just as she had to go through when she arrived in the Hungarian capital on Tuesday .
Nogueras signed during his quarantine, while in Puerto Rico, a contract to play with the Vasas club of Budapest in the Hungarian season that will start on October 3.
The Puerto Rican, with experience in the National Team, is in Budapest and since her arrival she had to undergo a compulsory quarantine and undergo the first of two tests against COVID-19. After 48 hours the second must be done and he said that he is strictly prohibited from leaving his apartment.
“I arrived yesterday at noon. I left Puerto Rico on Monday and my first stopover was at JFK (New York) and then Amsterdam (Holland). He had had a permit from the Hungarian border police here for about a week, saying he was allowed to enter. Because Hungary is one of the countries that has a blockade of people who come from the United States and other countries affected by COVID, ”Nogueras said in a telephone interview with El Nuevo Día.
The setter of the Caguas Criollas in the Superior Women's Volleyball League (LVSF) has been very active on social networks, and as in the last European campaign, she kept posting photos and comments about her experience in Greece while playing in said league, this time he took advantage of the platform to call on the government of Puerto Rico.
“I arrived in Budapest. You need a permit to enter. They took my direction. They made me put a 'sign' on my door that says I am in quarantine. If the police come and I'm not there, they throw me out of the country. 2 negative tests release me from quarantine. PR, get an idea 'for' tourists, “Nogueras wrote on his Twitter account this Wednesday, aware of the rebound that infections with COVID-19 have had on the island, and the continuous reports of tourists who have arrived on the shores of Puerto Rico without taking the proper precautions.
Nogueras said in an interview that the most difficult part of the long trip to Hungary from the island was the tedious process at each airport. Even from Puerto Rico, they were already having communication with Hungary to verify that it was indeed authorized to travel to said European country.
And upon arriving in Hungary, he was able to see first-hand how strict the authorities are being.
“They have a map that they give 'update' every week, where they put colors in the different countries depending on how they are dealing with COVID,” he explained about how they monitor the advance of the disease in other nations. It is to travelers from countries with the highest contagion rate, who have placed greater restrictions to enter. And many have not been lucky enough to travel.
“I had to have proof that I am going to work here and that they gave me an invitation from the team. Since I got to the 'counter' of (the airline) in Puerto Rico, they were making calls. We had a long process. But I'm looking at it with a lot of respect. In all the scales that I had resistance, I was patient trying to explain my situation and to communicate in the best possible way, because I understand that it is a very strong situation ”.
In that sense, Nogueras said that he published his comment on Twitter, because he explained that in the same way that other countries are being strict with the entry of visitors to protect their citizens, he understands that Puerto Rico must do the minimum with those who they arrive and show no prudence.
“I am in a foreign country and I have to respect what this country is doing, and more than this country (Hungary) is one of those with the fewest cases. Now the last time I checked they had less than 500 active cases, and every time I see an 'update' of new cases, they are +4, +6 or +10. They have it well controlled ”, he stressed.
“Nobody likes to be tested or quarantined, but you have to respect. I cannot come here, and because in Puerto Rico X or Y is not being done, arrive and say well, I am not going to do X or Y here. That is where my tweet came from. In Puerto Rico, they are trying to deal with the situation in the best possible way. And it hurts that tourists don't respect the rules. We do not have the facilities that other countries have to sustain an outbreak. And we have to protect ourselves. And when we see a tourist who doesn't, it hurts ”.
The setter said she cannot leave her apartment at any time until the quarantine is over, not even to buy food. He explained that his team staff provided him with a food purchase, and also provided him with contact information to order prepared food with home delivery.
They will try to shorten your quarantine
He also said that the Vasas team, based in Budapest, will make arrangements to try to have the quarantine period shortened, since the player has already tested negative for a first test.
“We have a team meeting on Friday morning. It is doubtful that I can attend that meeting. Then we have physical test on Saturday. We started training complete with weights and on court on Monday. We have about nine and a half weeks of preparation before the season.
Nogueras played last season in the Greek league (A1 Ethniki) for the AO Thiras club, based on the island of Thira in the Santorini archipelago. He remained there for a few months when the season was aborted by COVID, since he was unable to travel to leave the country. Finally he got a flight to the United States where he stayed for a time with a relative, and then he traveled to the island.
Vasas in Budapest is a club that Nogueras knows as he said that two years earlier he had shown interest in it. But the Puerto Rican admitted that she declined the previous offer because they were looking for her as the second setter of the team and she understood that it did not suit her at this stage of her career.
Vasas from Budapest is coming off winning their league championship in 2019, the season before the one aborted by COVID-19.