The Dominican Republic is planning to reopen for tourism starting July 1 as part of the fourth phase of its reopening plan. The multi-step plan has seen shopping centers and private transportation company operations reopen in late May and June 3 respectively.
The fourth Phase includes reopening the international tourism sector, hotels, airports, gyms, and restaurants.
The Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic has confirmed a series of sanitization and cleaning measures will be in place for reopening. Upon reopening, hotels will be required to adhere to “strict protocols to offer a clean, safe environment, promote social distancing and the use of contact-free technologies” according to the tourism website.
While only about 40 to 50 percent of hotel space will reopen on July 1 (with the rest slated to reopen by November), multiple hotels have already begun offering reservations. The Punta Cana airport also announced that it has already confirmed the arrival of 10 flights by July 1.
Other Caribbean, tourist destinations like the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, and Antigua are already open, while Bermuda and the Bahamas will reopen on July 1, Jamaica will reopen on July 15, and Turks and Caicos will reopen on July 22.