Some Caribbean resorts decide to suspend operations

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The Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda in the Dominican Republic.
The Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda in the Dominican Republic.

As Caribbean countries ramp up travel restrictions in response to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, the region is seeing a wave of temporary resort closures.

Sandals Resorts International is closing all 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts from March 30 to May 15; no new arrivals were being accepted as of March 23.

And Baha Mar is suspending operations as of March 25.

Club Med will suspend operations at its Club Med Punta Cana and Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda resorts in the Dominican Republic from March 19 to May 1.  

Excellence Resorts will temporarily close the Excellence Punta Cana from March 20 to June 5. Excellence said all guests who were scheduled to stay during this period can be accommodated at the Excellence El Carmen in Punta Cana.  

Both moves come as the D.R. has suspended the arrival of all incoming passengers and has effectively closed its borders for an initial period of 15 days. The Dominican Republic had previously suspended flights to and from China, South Korea, Iran and Europe.

Elsewhere in the Caribbean, Club Med is shuttering the Club Med Columbus Isle in the Bahamas between March 21 and May 1. 

The Bahamas said on March 16 that the country is prohibiting entry to any foreign nationals who have traveled in the U.K., Ireland or Europe in the last 20 days. That restriction is in addition to the Bahamian government’s March 5 decision to deny entry to any nonresident who has visited China, South Korea, Iran or Italy in the last 20 days.

Meanwhile, Jamaican resort Half Moon has similarly announced plans to shut down from March 18 to May 1, citing the Jamaican government’s recent enactment of a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers from countries where there is local spread of the coronavirus.

The Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas advised future guests arriving through April 12 to postpone their trips. For guests already at the resort, Bolongo advised them to book earlier flights home while they are still available.

In Jamaica, the Riu Negril, Riu Palace Jamaica and Riu Montego Bay are closing March 19 through April.

Also in Jamaica, Iberostar Hotels plans to consolidate guests at its three properties in Montego Bay (Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, Rose Hall Beach and Rose Hall Suites) to two properties.

In the Dominican Republic, the Royalton Punta Cana and Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana have relocated their guests to the Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa in Punta Cana with a room upgrade based on availability.

In St. Maarten, the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort will close from March 22 to March 31 due to government-imposed restrictions on travel to the destination.

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