With the aim of intensifying measures against COVID-19 and abiding by the recommendations of the Local Emergency Committees, the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), they announced that starting this Friday all Protected Wild Areas (ASP) and National Parks of the country are closed.
The total and immediate closure measure will apply until April 13, a date subject to the measures that the government of the Republic will take to counteract the effects of COVID-19 in Costa Rica.
The decision is made after a monitoring was carried out in which it was found that a decrease in visitation is not expected in the coming days. “This provision is intended to protect both the health of officials and tourists,” said Deputy Minister of Environment Pamela Castillo.
He added that work is being done on the Remedial Plan for the reopening of the sites in the best possible way. Furthermore, and that the MINAE and SINAC continue with the operation and the investigation, control and protection functions.
Grettel Vega, Executive Director of SINAC indicated that from the entity’s Regional Offices, security protocols will continue to be followed to counteract the effects of COVID-19. “We have reinforced the purchases of cleaning materials and supplies necessary to act in accordance with the measures implemented by the Ministry of Health,” he said.
In relation to people who have paid to enter a National Park, their visits will be rescheduled. In the case of online ticket sales or reservations through dealers and third parties, dedicated to tourism, the directors of the different Conservation Areas will be communicating the measures and coordinating the way to proceed.
As part of the measures, the online Reservation System and the ticket sales platform for those national parks or protected wild areas that contemplate it are closed.
The authorities of the Ministry of Environment and Energy reiterated the importance of abiding by preventive actions, such as hand washing, surface cleaning and distance of one and a half meters between people.
The 11 Protected Wild Areas (ASP) and National Parks that were open receiving 50% of the average monthly visitation, will be closed as of this Friday. Is about:
Manuel Antonio National Park
Irazú Volcano National Park
Marino Ballena National Park
Tortuguero National Park
Cahuita National Park
Tenorio Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Corcovado National Park
Poas Volcano National Park
Carara National Park