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The Dominican Republic will reopen for tourists in July

Punta Cana will soon be open for business.

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Sarah Medina
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The Dominican Republic will reopen for tourism starting July 1 as part of the fourth phase of its reopening plan. The multi-step plan saw shopping centers reopen in late May and the reinstatement of private transportation company operations on June 3. Phase four includes resuming international tourism, as well as the reopening of hotels, airports, gyms and restaurants.

The Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic has confirmed a series of sanitization and cleaning measures will be in place for reopening. Upon reopening, hotels will be required to adhere to "strict protocols to offer a clean, safe environment, promote social distancing and the use of contact-free technologies" according to the tourism website.  

While only about 40 to 50 percent of hotel space will reopen on July 1 (with the rest slated to reopen by November), multiple hotels have already begun offering reservations. The Punta Cana airport also announced that it has already confirmed the arrival of 10 flights by July 1. 

The Bahamas is just the latest Caribbean island to announce its reopening planes: the U.S. Virgin IslandsSt. Lucia and Antigua are already open, Bermuda and the Bahamas will reopen on July 1 , Jamaica will reopen on July 15, and Turks and Caicos will reopen on July 22

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