Dominica to reopen as govt announces new COVID protocols

While reviewing all the novel coronavirus guidelines, the government of the commonwealth of Dominica stated that the mask mandate would remain in place. The protocol of mask mandate will be further discussed in May 2022.

Dominica to reopen as govt announces new COVID protocols
Dominica to reopen as govt announces new COVID protocols

Roseau, Dominica: The Ministry for Health, Wellness, and New Health Investment announced the new protocols and guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, March 27, 2022. Health Minister Dr. Irving McIntyre issued a statement o the removal of all basic COVID-19 related protocols. 

While reviewing all the novel coronavirus guidelines, the government of the commonwealth of Dominica stated that the mask mandate would remain in place. The protocol of mask mandate will be further discussed in May 2022.

All the new changes in the protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic will take effect on April 4, 2022. 

As per the Health Ministry, General COVID-19 related protocols are as follows: 

  • The physical distancing of six feet is no longer mandatory at businesses and establishments. 
  • Public transportation is allowed to operate at full capacity. 
  • Restrictions on visitation to the prison, hospitals, and homes for the aged have been removed. 
  • The public should note that these institutions will formulate internal policies for visitation in keeping with health protocols, and these policies should be strictly adhered to. 

The guidelines for the religious gatherings have also been reviewed are as follows: 

  • Restrictions on religious gatherings have been removed. 
  • Churches are no longer restricted to a maximum attendance of 150 and may operate at full capacity. 

Guidelines related to the opening of schools in the Commonwealth of Dominica: 

  • Restrictions on educational instruction have been removed. 
  • Daycares and Pre-schools will be allowed to reopen in keeping with health protocols developed for these establishments with effect from April 4. 
  • Primary and Secondary Schools will return to full face-to-face learning for the third term on April 25. 
  • All other educational institutions will resume normal operations in keeping with their academic schedules. 

Protocols related to Bars/Nightclubs/Social Activities are as follows: 

  • All bars are allowed to resume normal operations. 
  • Restrictions on music and congregating have been removed. 
  • Nightclubs are allowed to reopen for under 300 patrons with strict adherence to health protocols. 
  • Restrictions on social activity, such as private parties and sporting activities, with fewer than 300 in attendance, have been removed.

Guidelines related to social events have also been reviewed by the government of Dominica are as follows: 

  • For special events with above 300 patrons, a special event permit is required. Proof of vaccination or negative antigen test result within 24 hours of entry is required, and other health protocols will be applied. 
  • Sporting events with above 300 patrons will be hosted under the revised Special Event Protocols. 
  • Nightclubs hosting events for over 300 patrons must also comply with the Special Event Protocols. 

Minister for Health, Wellness, and New Health Investment Dr. Irving McIntyre also issued guidelines for the mask mandate, which would remain in effect: 

  • The mask mandate remains in effect and will be reviewed in May. 
  • The removal of the mask mandate will depend on an increase in vaccination numbers and a further reduction in COVID-19 cases. 

Masks must be worn

  • On public transportation, 
  • In a public building, including supermarkets, other similar businesses, or places, in shared office spaces. 
  • In a public space

All businesses, establishments, churches, schools, and forms of public transportation are required to conform to the safety protocols such as sanitizing hands and surface areas and wearing masks