Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Dominican Republic extends nightly 1700-0600 curfew through at least April 18 due to COVID-19. Other restrictions remain in place.

This alert affects Dominican Republic

This alert began 03 Apr 2020 11:47 GMT and is scheduled to expire 17 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Dominican Republic (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least April 18
  • Impact: Border closures, internal movement restrictions, business disruptions; possible freight delays

Summary
Authorities in the Dominican Republic have extended the nation's ongoing nightly 1700-0600 curfew through April 18 to stem to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The only persons allowed out of their residences during the curfew hours will be those working in emergency, healthcare and law enforcement services, the media, transport of basic goods and utility services, and port and airport employees. Residents may leave their homes in the event of an emergency.

The curfew is in addition to daytime movement restrictions and the suspension of all nonessential business, services, and activities. Supermarkets, fuel stations, and pharmacies, are exempt. Residents are allowed to venture out for food, medical supplies, or medical attention. All schools and universities have been suspended. Some hotels have also closed.

Officials have also closed the country's land, sea, and air borders since March 19; these measures are likely to remain in place through at least April 18, with the possibility of being extended. The government will, however, allow ferries to dock in order to pick up foreign nationals who wish to depart. Cargo transport will not be affected. The measures in place will significantly impact business and transport in the country, with larger than usual police presence in the streets. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the government of the Dominican Republic correspond with similar actions taken by other regional governments in recent days in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in the areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
World Health Organisation (WHO): www.who.int

Dominican Republic - COVID-19 Updates: https://presidencia.gob.do/coronavirusrd