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Short Update: Dominican Republic imposes fines to enforce mask-wearing

FT Admin - June 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences

Due to an increasing rate of coronavirus spread, the Dominican Republic has imposed fines for failing to wear a face mask in public areas. Potential fines range from 10,000 to 100,000 Dominican Pesos, or about $172 to $1,724. This is based on the public sector minimum wage, which is set at 10,000 Pesos. 

Mask wearing in public areas has been mandatory since mid-April but had not been enforced by any punishments prior to this fine. Regardless, most people have been complying with the order. The Caribbean nation remains set on reopening its tourism industry on July 1st despite the recent surge in cases, and will be holding a general election on July 5th.    

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