Coronavirus: the Dominican Republic reopens to tourism – Ultima Ora

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(ANSA) – SANTO DOMINGO, JULY 2 – After three months of paralysis, the Dominican Republic has once again authorized tourism activity with the arrival of some planes from Puerto Rico, New York and south of the United States in the United States starting yesterday ‘Las Americas’ airports of Santo Domingo and Punta Cana.

The newspaper Listin Diario today underlines the importance of reopening for the tourism sector which accounts for almost 10% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and employs approximately 300,000 people directly and indirectly.

Given that the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are not yet completely averted – the Dominican Republic is in ninth place for contagions (33,387) in Latin America, with a relatively low mortality (754) – the government has prepared strict bio-safety protocols at airport airports, also limiting the capacity of hotels to 30% of their capacity.

Dominican government spokesman Roberto Rodríguez-Marchena also recalled that President Danilo Medina has revoked the state of emergency decree that was signed on March 19 for the coronavirus emergency.

“The Dominican Republic – stressed via Twitter – its hotels and its beaches welcome with sympathy, rigorous application of the protocols and the joy of its people to Dominicans and foreigners who wish to enjoy healthy and fun holidays”.

For its part, the Ministry of Tourism in a statement has estimated that during the month of July over 400 flights of airlines from various parts of the world, especially the United States and Europe, will arrive on the international airports of the island.

Finally, with regard to cruises, the situation is firm, given that the Dominican ports have not received any notice from the companies operating in this sector. (ANSA).

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