Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Dominican Republic maintains closure of land border as of early July. Restrictions on entertainment facilities and large crowds remain.

  • Alert Begins: 04 Jul 2020 12:00 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 27 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions

Summary
Authorities in the Dominican Republic are maintaining some restrictive measures and operating requirements as of early July in response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), despite the lifting of the State of Emergency and most associated measures. Individuals are required to wear a facemask in the workplace and public spaces and should adhere to physical distancing requirements by maintaining at least 2 meters (6.5 feet) between each other.

Restrictions on most business operations and the nationwide curfew have been lifted. Nonetheless, authorities have ordered the suspension of most economic, social, and recreational activities between 2000-0500 daily. As of July 4, the following measures are still being enforced:

 

  • Entertainment establishments such as casinos, nightclubs, cinemas, and theaters remain closed.

 

  • Event facilities, such as convention centers and auditoriums, galleries, and sports stadiums and arenas, remain closed.

 

  • Education facilities must remain closed, though virtual classes may continue.

 

  • Athletic training and religious services are permitted, but only under strict physical distancing requirements.

 


With the lifting of the State of Emergency, international commercial flights are permitted to resume operations, and travelers can enter the country. Nonetheless, the land border with Haiti remains closed to incoming passenger traffic. Cargo transportation is unaffected.

Despite the lifting of the State of Emergency and most restrictions associated with it, transport and business restrictions are likely to persist. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The decision not to extend the State of Emergency, which expired June 30, was likely made due to President Danilo Medina not being able to secure adequate support for the extension in Congress. Several deputies have been against further extensions despite the government implementing a phased framework of reopening the economy. Several governments globally have implemented recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, previously relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by local health and safety measures. Reconfirm all transportation arrangements. Continue to 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 disposable tissues, 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.


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