Given the speed in the increase in infections and hospital occupancy, vehicle restriction and regulation of establishments returns from 9:00 pm on April 27. some of the most severe epidemiological data since the beginning of the pandemic, the health authorities made the decision to decrease the vehicle restriction schedule at 9:00 p.m. from Tuesday, April 27 to Sunday, May 16.
This was announced at a press conference by the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado; the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas; the medical manager of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), Mario Ruiz; the Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC), Victoria Hernández; and the Vice Minister of Public Security, Eduardo Solano.
The authorities explained that this action seeks to reduce the mobility of the population, slowing down the increase in infections without closures of establishments. The leaders appealed to individual and business responsibility in prevention actions against COVID-19.
“We are facing a situation that calls us to redouble protective measures to contain, among all of us, the curve of cases that continues to grow. We continue with the vaccination campaign, which strengthens the actions we carry out in the face of COVID-19. Despite this, we must take care of ourselves and not lower our guard to avoid a collapse in hospitalization that is at the limit today, ”said President Alvarado.
Along these lines, Minister Salas reminded companies of the need to control income and to take measures such as hand washing before entering, maintaining the indicated distance and the constant disinfection of surfaces.
“This critical moment implies a committed action from each sector. The measure established by the government is based on the analysis of the actions that have shown the best results in reducing infections, by reducing mobility. The nighttime vehicle restriction, according to an analysis by the University of Costa Rica, is the most effective measure, ”said Health Minister Daniel Salas.
The hierarch emphasized that the restriction must be accompanied by self-care and individual responsibility, to achieve the desired effect and lower the contagion curve.
For his part, the CCSS medical manager explained that this week the highest numbers were reached both in positive cases diagnosed daily and in the care of patients in intensive care beds (ICU), a total of 303 beds occupied, bringing us closer to the level maximum capacity of the hospital network.
“This unprecedented accelerated increase in the number of cases has practically brought the capacity of ICU beds to the limit, never before registered during the entire pandemic. Resources are finite, there is a limit and when we talk about hospital capacity for the pandemic it is more limited in terms of specialized human resources, ”Ruiz said.
The doctor illustrated that the country took to go from 400 new cases a day to more than 1200 approximately 10 weeks -in 2020- and this time it took three weeks to reach and even exceed that number, registering up to more than 1700 cases in a single day .
The Deputy Minister of Public Security indicated that they will continue with the control operations, announced at the beginning of this week, both in the streets and in commercial establishments, which have increased considerably compared to the first quarter of the year.
Only from April 16 to 24, 1,464 incidents have been attended throughout the national territory, related to the pandemic such as crowds on public roads, shops, churches of worship, private property, among others.
Given this, he called on the public to denounce those clandestine businesses and parties that disrespect protocols and endanger all people, confidentially calling 911.
Government authorities have held joint working groups with representatives of the private sector and local governments to build strategies to reinforce security protocols, actions in commerce, in workplaces and public spaces with the least possible impact on productive activities.
“» The current situation demands joint actions by all the actors and the search for a balance that allows to safeguard lives, protect employment and the exercise of economic activities. This is how hand in hand with the private sector, under the modality of working groups we are in a joint construction that helps us to identify and execute actions to flatten the contagion curve. We seek to preserve business continuity by reinforcing the application of adapted health protocols for each of the activities; namely, of commerce, industry and services. From the Ministry of Economy, we will continue to contribute to this inter-institutional and multisectoral effort ”, said the Minister of the MEIC, Victoria Hernández.
Vehicle restriction April 27
According to studies by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the State of the Nation Program, as well as international research from the United Kingdom, China, the United States and Italy, reducing mobility is the best measure to reduce the circulation of the virus .
That is why from this Tuesday, April 27 and until Sunday, May 16, the vehicle circulation schedule from Monday to Sunday will be until 9:00 p.m.
The health vehicle restriction by plates during the week will continue to apply only in the area known as the ring road. Except for the list of exceptions, they do not circulate:
|Monday||1 y 2|
|Tuesday||3 y 4|
|Wednsday||5 y 6|
|Thursday||7 y 8|
|Friday||9 y 0|
Likewise, the sanitary vehicle restriction for plates on weekends will remain unchanged. On Saturdays you can circulate the plates finished in even numbers (0-2-4-6-8) and on Sundays the plates finished in odd numbers (1-3-5-7-9).
Regulation of establishments
Security forces intervened yesterday about a thousand commercial establishments where even local closures were made; he added that reviews will continue to be made for compliance with the measures.
Similarly, the operating permit for establishments with a public health permit is also reduced until 9:00 p.m. (in coherence with the sanitary vehicle restriction). Finally, the access hours to the beaches do not undergo changes and will continue from Monday to Sunday from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm.