In order to continue with the process of gradual opening in the shared management model “Costa Rica works and takes care of itself”, following the necessary sanitary protocols to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the Government of the Republic detailed the sanitary measures that will apply to the whole country equally from 1 February.
Unified sanitary vehicle restriction for the whole week
As of this Monday, February 1st and throughout the month, both in cantons with orange alert and yellow alert, the hours of vehicular circulation during weekends will be extended until 10:00 pm. Thus, the sanitary vehicle restriction is unified throughout the country, from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am. Except for the list of exceptions, they do not circulate:
Monday: 1 and 2
Tuesday: 3 and 4
Wednesday: 5 and 6
Thursday: 7 and 8
Friday: 9 and 0
Saturday: 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 (odd)
Sunday: 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 (even)
Regulation of establishments
Similarly, the operating permit for establishments with a health permit to open to the public is also extended until 10:00 p.m. (consistent with the health vehicle restriction). (in coherence with the sanitary vehicle restriction). Therefore, the opening hours of establishments throughout the country are also unified from Monday to Sunday.
On the other hand, national parks will be able to operate at 100% capacity, maintaining the sanitary guidelines established by the Ministry of Health to reduce exposure to the maximum risk of contagion and to guarantee the safety and health of visitors and collaborators. Bars and casinos will maintain their capacity at 50% during February.
In addition, the beaches are open from Monday to Sunday from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm.
These actions are taken within the framework of the shared management model “Costa Rica works and takes care of itself”, in which actions to address the pandemic are coordinated with the municipalities. “The good work developed throughout the country allows us to relax the hours of the sanitary vehicle restriction and establishments during the weekend, which will benefit the commercial activities of thousands of Costa Ricans,” said Alexander Solis, president of the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE).
Update of alerts
Orange alert. For this week, the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention upgraded Coto Brus and Moravia from yellow to orange alert.
The case of the southern canton is particularly worrying, as it has exceeded its peak of infections for three consecutive weeks, registering 18 cases during the last week of December, with 54, 71 and 74 infections during the first three weeks of January. In the case of Moravia, the authorities decided to increase their alert level by registering the highest number of cases in the week of 12-18 January, with 99 cases in these seven days.
With this year’s second alert update, the highest level of risk is concentrated outside the Greater Metropolitan Area, with 15 cantons out of the total of 18 with an orange alert. These are mainly concentrated in the Western Zone with Grecia, Naranjo, Sarchí and Zarcero; in the South Pacific with Corredores, Coto Brus, Golfito, Osa and Quepos; as well as in the Atlantic with Guácimo, Limón, Pococí and Siquirres in orange situation.
Heredia and Guanacaste do not have any canton with an orange alert.
|San José||Moravia, Pérez Zeledón y Vázquez de Coronado.|
|Alajuela||Grecia, Guatuso, Naranjo, Sarchí y Zarcero.|
|Puntarenas||Corredores, Coto Brus, Golfito, Osa y Quepos|
|Limón||Guácimo, Limón, Pococí y Siquirres|
You can visit http://presidencia.go.cr/alertas to find out about the alerts, measures and restrictions implemented in your canton.
Yellow alert. After an exhaustive review of the epidemiological assessment carried out in the framework of the National Situation Room, it was determined that for this week nine cantons were downgraded from orange to yellow alert: Alajuelita, Curridabat, Orotina, San Carlos, Cartago, Oreamuno, Flores, Santo Domingo and Matina, showing a trend towards a reduction of new cases in the last three epidemiological weeks.
The case of San Carlos stands out, which, after reporting 421 cases between 22 and 28 December, has recorded four consecutive weeks with a reduction of new cases to 203 in the previous week.