Published Tuesday, May 11, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The National Emergency Commission announced more changes in the areas declared in Orange Alert due to an increase in patients infected with covid-19.--------------------------
According to the Ministry of Health report on Monday, there are 53,260 active covid-19 cases, of these, 1,280 patients are hospitalized. There were 3,430 covid-19 related deaths reported, equivalent to a death rate of approximately 1.3%.
The new cantons in Orange Alert are:
• Alajuelita, Curridabat, Desamparados, Escazu, Goicoechea, Leon Cortes, Montes de Oca, Moravia, Pérez Zeledón, Puriscal San Jose Centro, Santa Ana, Tarrazu, Tibas and Coronado in San José Province.
• Alajuela Centro, Atenas, Grecia, Guatuso, Los Chiles, Naranajo, Palmares, Poás Orotina, San Carlos, San Ramon, Sarchí and Zarcero in Alajuela Province.
• Coto Brus, Buenos Aires, Esparza, Garabito, Montes de Oro, Puntarenas Centro, Osa, Parrita and Quepos in Puntarenas Province.
• Barva, Belén, Flores, Heredia Centro, San Isidro, San Pablo, San Rafael, Santa Barbara and Santo Domingo in Heredia Province.
• Cartago Centro, El Guarco, Jimenez, La Union, Oreamuno, Paraiso and Turrialba in Cartago Province.
• Limón City, Guácimo, Matina, Pococi, Siquirres and Talamanca in Limón Province.
• Bagaces, Carrillo, Nandayure, Liberia and Santa Cruz in Guanacaste Province.
The updated list of cantons under Orange Alert can be found on the government's website under Covid-19 Canton Alert.
As of Thursday, May, 13 until the end of the month, all commercial activities such as shops, bars, banks, hotels, commercial centers, among others, can open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. The use of a facemask is mandatory.
This rule applies throughout the country, including areas with orange and yellow alerts. Specific rules for businesses located within the Central Region are on the government website Covid Alert Business.
The Ministry of Health is recommending business owners to verify the new restrictions for their specific type of business by calling the line 2223-0333.
It’s not just business with different restrictions, but drivers too.
Starting today, the ban-on-driving curfew applies to the entire country until the end of this month.
On weekdays, from Monday to Friday, drivers can be on the roads from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. as long as their license plate number isn’t banned. The driving restrictions are based on the last number of the license plate number:
• Monday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 1 or 2.
• Tuesday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 3 or 4.
• Wednesday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 5 or 6.
• Thursday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 7 or 8.
• Friday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 9 or 0.
On weekends, Sundays and Saturdays, the curfew will continue throughout the country as follows:
• On Saturdays, driving is allowed from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., and vehicles with plates ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 are banned.
• On Sundays, driving is allowed from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., and vehicles with plates ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 are banned.
After 9 p.m. there should be no vehicle on the streets, except for people who travel to authorized places such as the airport, a clinic, work or a hotel, among others. The list of exceptions that allow any vehicle to drive at night is on the government website on Covid Vehicle Exceptions.
The fine for breaking the law is approximately $180. But, traffic officers cannot seize the vehicle or its plates. Officers can no longer reduce driver’s license points for breaking the rule.
Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website on Covid-19 Vehicle Alert.
A.M. Costa Rica urges readers to share this alert with their contacts.
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