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Consulate in New York reopens today with a series of measures

The headquarters implements a first phase of the reopening plan in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic

As of today, the Dominican Consulate in New York resumes its services in a first phase, in which they will only attend by appointment to users, restricting the public to 10 people for every half hour, from 9 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon, who must wear a mask at all times.

Likewise, two consular points will be opening in community supermarkets to facilitate access to services for Dominicans in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a circular issued today, signed by Vice Consul Eduardo Hernández, it is also established that a collaborative model is being implemented to schedule appointments, scheduled by a remote work team, using the Net2Phone platforms, My Consulate, the ChatBot WhatsApp Consular (914-826-8091) and Google Drive. All those who enter the consular headquarters, whether employee or user, will have their temperature taken. “Anyone with a fever will not be admitted to the Consulate,” the document states.”We encourage you to bring your own face masks, but we will have face masks to distribute if you do not have them. We will offer gloves and hand sanitizers, and the Protocol and Health Department at the headquarters will be in charge of ensuring the constant disinfection of the headquarters, particularly at public windows, every half hour. Access to the public without masks will not be allowed ”, establishes the circular.

The Consulate reports that the number of people to be received is in accordance with the recommendations of the United States Center for Disease Control about Phase 1 of a reopening.

“The Consulate waiting area has been configured to have a maximum space of 15 people, with seats 6 feet apart, to implement best practices in social distancing,” the document states.

In Phase 1 of the reopening, the Consulate will work with 50% of its personnel in person, and the rest will do it remotely. This means that there will be a maximum of 35 people in the headquarters.

“Any employee who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated and must remain at home until the tests give negative results,” adds the circular.

All the attention to the public will be done behind the windows, where the legal and passport fingering areas operate.

Vice Consul Hernández announced in the circular that the performance of the Phase 1 measures will be evaluated on the weekend of May 30, to ratify them or have new guidelines.

He recalled that New York City still remains under the orders of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Pause” plan, and that these are scheduled to expire on May 28, while the state of emergency will be until June 13.


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