In an effort to keep up with other Caribbean islands reopening this summer, the Dominican Republic has confirmed that its tourism industry will resume on July 1. This means the return of international flights, and restaurant and hotel reopenings.
According to Dominican Today, the Dominican Republic’s reopening plan consists of four phases. The first, which began on May 20, allowed up to 50 percent of staff to return to work for small companies. Barbershops and medical offices were also allowed to open. In phase two, which began June 3, more staff were allowed to return to work at larger companies, and shopping centers, private passenger transport, and Sunday religious services resumed.
Phase three, which will begin on June 17, allows between 75 and 100 percent of employees to return to work, with religious services permitted three times per week. Phase four, which is slated for July 1, allows all companies to resume work with 100 percent of their staff and includes the opening of the tourism sector. Hotels, airports, restaurant dining rooms, and gyms will all be allowed to open.
The Dominican Republic is likely hoping to keep up with other islands, like St. Lucia, Aruba, Antigua, which have all announced their intention to open on or before July 1.