As Caribbean countries tighten travel restrictions in response to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, there is a wave of temporary resort closings in the region.
Sandals Resorts International will close all 19 Sandals and Beaches resorts from March 30th to May 15th. No newcomers were accepted until March 23.
And Baha Mar will cease operations on March 25th.
Club Med will cease 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 Excellence Punta Cana from March 20th to June 5th. Excellence said that all guests who should stay during this time can be accommodated at Excellence El Carmen in Punta Cana.
Both steps come as the DR suspended the arrival of all arriving passengers and effectively closed its borders for an initial 15 day period. The Dominican Republic had previously suspended flights to and from China, South Korea, Iran and Europe.
Elsewhere in the Caribbean, Club Med will close Club Med Columbus Isle in the Bahamas between March 21 and May 1.
The Bahamas said on March 16 that the country will prohibit entry to foreign nationals who have traveled to the UK, Ireland or Europe in the past 20 days. This restriction is in addition to the March 5 decision by the Bahamian government to refuse entry to non-residents who have visited China, South Korea, Iran or Italy in the past 20 days.
Meanwhile, the Jamaican resort Half Moon has also announced plans to close from March 18 to May 1, and the Jamaican government recently cited a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers from countries where the coronavirus is local .
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas recommended that future guests arriving by April 12th postpone their trips. For guests who are already at the resort, Bolongo recommends booking earlier flights home while they are still available.
In Jamaica, the Riu Negril, the Riu Palace Jamaica and the Riu Montego Bay close from March 19 to April.
Also in Jamaica, Iberostar Hotels plans to combine the guests in its three hotels in Montego Bay (Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, Rose Hall Beach and Rose Hall Suites) into two hotels.
In the Dominican Republic, the Royalton Punta Cana and the Hideaway at the Royalton Punta Cana have moved their guests to the Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa in Punta Cana with a room upgrade, subject to availability.
In St. Maarten, Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort will be closed from March 22nd to 31st as the government has restricted travel to the destination.