Representatives of the Government of the Republic, municipal authorities of the coastal cantons and municipal organizations, held a working session on Tuesday afternoon within the framework of the Municipal Management Table, in which greater control and surveillance with the teams was agreed municipalities work to keep the country’s beaches open from 5:30 am to 6:00 pm.
This change in schedule will take effect from this Wednesday the 13th to Sunday January 31st, a period in which the virus contagion behavior will be evaluated, and later the validity of the schedule will be evaluated. The agreement taken also involves the commitment by the municipalities to oversee compliance with the time slot, protocols and reinforce community communication actions.
Patricio Morera Víquez, executive president of the Municipal Development and Advisory Institute, assured that a consensual agreement was reached after the dialogue. “We need to safeguard long-term economic activity and tourist activity, not just for the following week. If we do not keep the pandemic under control, the consequences could be seen throughout the peak season for visiting beaches across the country. “
Morera added that “among all of us we have been making our health system withstand this pandemic. Although the vaccination process is already underway, under no circumstances can we lower our guard, this is the time to take better care of ourselves and give the opportunity for the vaccination to achieve its results. “
Dr. Priscilla Herrera García, General Director of Health of the Ministry of Health, called on people who plan to travel to the coasts, in order to respect the prevention measures against COVID-19.
“We must keep in mind that the fact of being on vacation should not mean a relaxation in self-care, we must protect our health and that of the inhabitants of the area we visit,” said Herrera.
For her part, Victoria Hernández, Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC), assured that the measures are taken accompanied by data from the Situation Room that indicate that there is an increase in the mobility of people in coastal areas, behavior that has been increasing since the last days of December “
“The beaches can be a point of contagion, we need allies such as municipalities that allow us to support surveillance and communication,” Hernández added.
Representatives of the National Commission for Emergencies and Risk Prevention, the National Union of Local Governments, the National Association of Mayors and Municipalities, and municipal authorities of Esparza, Garabito, Lepanto, Matina, Parrita, Puntarenas, Quepos, Siquirres participated in the meeting. , Talamanca, Colorado, Hojancha, Cañas, Carrillo, La Cruz, Liberia, Nandayure, Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Cóbano, Golfito, Osa and Paquera.