Minister Gustavo Montalvo, explained the measures contemplated by the current state of emergency that came into effect on Monday, and whose curfew begins at 7:00 at night in the National District, Santo Domingo, and 14 other provinces, while in the other jurisdictions it starts at 8:00 pm.
For traffic restrictions, he informed that the recently issued safe-conduct permits are still valid and must be physically carried on and be shown in original, together with a personal identity document, to the authorities that request it.
“They are only valid to move to workplaces (…) permits are for the transit of health personnel or people with health problems, basic services, press and for employees of economic activities with multiple shifts or with work continuous 24 hours, such as industries, free zones, mining, pharmacies, hospital construction, among others, “said the minister.
He reiterated that the transport of goods and fuel have free transit, without the need to carry a safe passage.
According to Montalvo, “restaurants can continue operating for home delivery and pick-up mode and also provide service in open spaces such as terraces. And in the interior areas operate with the doors and windows open, always keeping two meters of distance between each table ”.
“All commercial activities continue the differentiated schedules established above, at 7, 8, and 9 am. And it is recalled that businesses that can work by appointment, such as beauty salons, medical offices, must remain in this modality ”.
Gyms that were recently authorized to open “must close again,” Montalvo reported.
The official affirmed that the decision to keep these spaces closed is “because the use of masks is not recommended while exercising.”
Until further notice, public spas and swimming pools are closed. The beaches will be able to operate, respecting the distance measures.
Public parks will remain open so that the population can exercise outdoors and with natural ventilation, although always keeping due distance with others.
The use of public and private passenger transport will continue to be limited to 60% of its capacity for minibusses and buses, both urban and interurban, trains, and the cable car.
“We also insist on the obligation to wear a mask on the streets, in public places and in the workplace, as well as the need to continue to exercise extreme caution with hand washing and surface sanitization,” said Gustavo Montalvo.
The public sector will continue operating all its services and during regular service hours, but “with the necessary personnel. The rest of the staff will work under the modality of teleworking, ”explained.