Measures Regarding Transportation and Transit
- Public transportation remains up and running.
- Full border closure for 15 days. Exceptions: Inbound and outbound Ferry flights to return foreigners to their countries of origin, as well as cargo ships with essential goods and fuel tankers.
- The general population is discouraged from any non-essential transit.
Which Companies Can Remain Open During the Quarantine Period?
- Only grocery shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, hospitals and medical labs
are allowed to remain open.
- Telecommunications companies: radio, television and press may remain open during the state of emergency.
- Industrial sector, free-trade zones and agricultural companies can continue their operations by applying distance rules in production areas and encouraging remote work and flexible hours.
- Financial institutions will operate within the new schedule approved by the Monetary Board (8:30 am to 3:00 pm during the week; Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm).
- Funeral homes remain open as long as they comply with Public Health rules. Concentrations must be avoided, limiting the number of people who can attend services.
- Security services will operate without schedule limitations.
- All other businesses shall remain closed.
Updated on March 19
President Danilo Medina Declared a State of Emergency
Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina, Decreed on March 19th , 2020 a national state of emergency for a period of 25 days until April 13th , 2020. The state of emergency (Dominican Constitution Arts. 262, 265 and 266) grants the President extraordinary powers to implement the necessary measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19, including the option to subsequently limit the right to transit and gather.
Updated on March 23
- Non-governmental entities that offer non-essential public services, such as the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce and other Chambers of Commerce in general.
- Call center operations are suspended, except for those that can work remotely.
Priority categories were established for public institutions to close their operations, according to their activities:
Category 1: doors must be closed to the public.
Category 2: companies will work with minimum staff and must implement working remotely.
Category 3: health service companies, public security, civil protection, social services and programs, energy services and national defense should maintain only essential personnel to keep their operations running.
The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Sports were closed, along with approximately 60 other institutions.