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Government declares a state of National Emergency, prevents the arrival of foreigners and suspends lessons in all educational centers in the country

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  • Mandatory isolation measures to those who enter the country will be applied by sanitary order, these will be implemented as of today.
  • Suspension of educational centers throughout the country will not affect food services to protect the most vulnerable population.
  • The care networks will remain open to ensure that the mothers heads of household can continue working.

The country maintains a state of yellow alert, to better attend to the situation, we have issued an emergency decree that empowers us to take action in a possible state of urgency and need due to the situation caused by the COVID-19 disease. This allows for more agile budgetary and administrative measures and continuity of services.

In addition, the Government of the Republic adopts the following measures:

  • Suspend lessons in public and private educational centers and training centers of the INA, from March 17 to April 4, inclusive, and signal the re-entry to classes for April 13.

– The school calendar is extended to December 23.

– Cash transfers from Avancemos y Crecemos, financial aid from the INA, as well as food services for students are maintained.

– The care networks will remain open to guarantee that the mothers who are heads of household can continue working and prevent older adults from taking care of the minors. The attendance of boys and girls is at the discretion of those in charge.

  • In the case of flights, by decree it is instructed that from this Wednesday, March 18, from 11:59 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2020, only Costa Ricans and residents may enter the country. It applies by sea, air and land. Air transport, commerce and supplies crews are exempt from this provision.

– In addition, Costa Ricans and residents who enter will have to carry out a mandatory preventive isolation for 14 days, instructed by sanitary order that will be delivered by the immigration officers, who were legitimized as a sanitary authority.

It is recommended that workers in teleworkable positions remain at home and that those with risk factors take the necessary actions not to expose themselves to contact with other people.

Along the same lines, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, reiterated to the nationals the need to cancel their possible trips to outside the country, especially if they had a trip scheduled for Easter. “The actions implemented require the commitment of all, let’s each do our part, let’s not leave the country and, as much as possible, let’s stay at home,” said the health manager.

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