Dominica will be relaxing its Covid protocols as positive cases of the virus have dropped significantly.
Health Minister, Dr. Irving McIntyre said the new protocols will take effect on April 4, 2022.
Statistics from the government as of March 24 show there are 157 active cases on the island.
Below is a summary of the new protocols.
-Restrictions on religious gatherings have been removed and can operate at full capacity
-Public transportation can now operate at full capacity
-Restriction on educational instructions have been removed. Day cares and preschool are allowed to open in keeping with normal health protocols
-Primary and secondary school to open fully for third term on April 25. All other educational institution will resume normal operations in keeping with their academic schedule
-All bars are allowed to resume normal operations
-Restrictions on music and congregating have been removed
-Nightclubs are allowed to open for patrons of less than 300 with adherence to health protocols
-Restrictions on private parties and sporting activities with fewer than 300 in attendance have been removed
-Events with more than 300 patrons, a special permit is needed
-Sporting events with over 300 patrons can be held under the revised Covid protocols
-Physical distancing of six feet no longer mandatory at businesses and establishments
-Restrictions on visitation to the prison, hospitals and home for the elderly have been removed
-Mask mandate remains in effect and will be reviewed in May. Removal of mandate will depend on increased vaccination and the reduction in Covidcases
-Schools, business places, and transportation must continue to follow protocols of sanitizing and wearing of masks
Changes in travel protocols for visitors coming to Dominica
-Cruise sector: All vaccinated passengers will be allowed to disembark and tour freely in conjunction with established protocols
-Cruise sector workers such as taxi drivers, tour operators etc must be vaccinated or present a 48 hour antigen test and safe in nature
-The requirements for pre-arrival testing and testing on arrival for vaccinated travelers at all ports of entry, to include seafarers and yachtees have been removed
-Pre-arrival testing and testing on arrival will remain in place for unvaccinated travelers at the travelers’ cost
-Unvaccinated travelers who test negative on arrival will no longer required to quarantine
-Testing of symptomatic travelers will remain in effect
-Travelers who test positive will be isolated in keeping with local isolation