Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Dominica is COVID-free! Government preps for tentative July reopening

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Dominica has lifted its State of Emergency.

A statement from the High Commissioner of the Commonwealth said there are currently no active cases of COVID-19.

All curfew measures have been lifted but residents and citizens are advised that social distancing guidelines must still be adhered to.

During a press conference on Wednesday Minister of Health Dr Irvin McIntyre said: “We have not had any confirmed case of Covid-19 for the past 84 days; we have no active cases presently neither do we have any suspected cases and there are only three (3) persons in quarantine."

On the issue of borders reopening, the High Commissioners office said citizens and residents of Dominica will be allowed to return to the nature isle from July 15.

The borders will be open to all passport holders on August 7.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said however, that despite plans to reopen the island to international travel, the government is prepared to close the island until December.

He said Dominica can not afford to battle another wave of the virus.

A number of measures will be put in place to mitigate the possible spread of the virus.

Travellers are advised of the following:

  • Online questionnaires must be completed before they arrive on Dominica
  • They are required to show proof that they were tested 24 to 72 hours before arrival
  • They will be subject to thermal/temperature testing on arrival at ports of entry
  • Rapid antibody testing will be done upon arrival

Travellers will be subject to quarantine at approved personal residences, government facilities and hotels certified by the government.

To date, Dominica has recorded 18 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

According to the Ministry of Health, all patients have since recovered.

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