Caribbeans restaurants and hotels are set to close because of the Zika virus outbreak.
The closures include restaurants and bars in the southern states of Dominica and St. Lucia.
The health department says it is expecting a large number of hotel and restaurant workers to travel to the country in the coming weeks to help the country cope with the outbreak.
Dominica has said it will temporarily close the country’s borders to people who have contracted the virus.
The government has not said how many people it plans to quarantine and who it plans on barring from entering.
The Dominican Republic and St Lucia are among the countries with the highest number of cases.
Travel bans are not expected to stop the spread of the virus, but they could slow the spread by limiting people’s ability to get infected.
Dominican officials say more than half of the country is still being infected.
It has also reported a sharp increase in the number of deaths in the Caribbean.
St. Lucia has said its health ministry has identified more than 3,000 people who were infected in the outbreak and that there were about 20 deaths.
That figure does not include cases that have been traced back to infected workers.
The World Health Organization said Sunday that there have been 5,944 cases in the Dominican Republic, while 1,931 have been recorded in St. Lucian territories.
The Caribbean has been hit hard by the Zika outbreak, which has forced many people to travel overseas and left millions in the region without adequate access to health care.
The virus has been found in more than a third of all the people tested in the United States, but the CDC says it has not detected any cases in Florida. ___