Dominican Republic Hotels, Beaches Could Begin Reopening by June 17

Hotels, beaches and restaurants in the Dominican Republic could begin phased reopenings as early as mid-June under the third phase of the country’s COVID-19 de-escalation plan.

According to Dominican Today, the third phase is scheduled to take effect on June 17.

“They are in the third phase, the period for the opening of hotels, which even allows the opening of the beaches,” Public Health Minister Rafael Sanchez Cardenas said Thursday.

The initial phase of de-escalation began on Wednesday with the second phase scheduled to take effect on June 3, allowing officials at least 14 days to measure the effect of easing restrictions. Social distancing and face-covering requirements remain in effect to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines announced plans to resume several major routes between the U.S. and Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, in June.

The Dominican Republic has been the hardest-hit destination in the Caribbean during the COVID-19 crisis, reporting more than 13,650 confirmed cases and 448 deaths as of Friday morning.

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