Authorities in the Dominican Republic extended the existing curfew measures, which form part of the nation's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, through Nov. 12. The curfew will continue to be enforced nationwide 2100-0500 Monday-Friday, and 1700-0500 on weekends. Only persons providing essential and critical services, those with a medical emergency, and international passengers traveling to the airport and their drivers are permitted to circulate during the curfew hours.
Other measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 remain unchanged:
- Authorities continue to urge individuals to adhere to physical distancing practices by maintaining at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) between each other.
- Industry-specific sanitization and operating protocols are enforced in place in some sectors.
- It is mandatory to wear a protective facemask in public.
- Entertainment establishments, such as casinos, nightclubs, cinemas, and theaters, remain closed.
- Event facilities, such as convention centers and auditoriums, galleries, 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.
International flights have resumed for all travelers. Persons traveling to the Dominican Republic are required to complete a health affidavit before travel. Effective Sept. 15, authorities do not require passengers arriving by air to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test; however, travelers may be randomly selected for rapid testing upon arrival at the airport. Persons testing positive will be required to enter quarantine. The status of the land border with Haiti is unclear; on Oct. 7, the Senate approved a resolution requesting the Presidency reopen the border, though further announcements have not been made. Cargo transportation at all ports of entry are mostly unaffected.
All measures are subject to amendment at short notice, and officials could reimpose stricter measures.
Background and Analysis
Several governments globally have implemented recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Measures in the Dominican Republic are part of a State Emergency, which has been extended until Dec. 2. 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.
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.