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Published on Monday, October 4, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Only 5,000 people, fully vaccinated against covid-19, will be able to enjoy the in- person soccer match between Costa Rica and El Salvador that will take place on Sunday, Oct. 10, at the National Stadium, in San José Province.

This game is a pre-qualifiers of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, Concacaf, for the Soccer World Cup that will take place in Qatar in 2022, the Ministry of Sports said.

According to Karla Alemán, Minister of Sports, in addition to requiring proof of being fully vaccinated, the health guideline must also be strictly applied to avoid contagion of the virus.

Among those precautionary measures are:

· 6-feet social distance between social bubbles.

· Unoccupied seats must be labeled.

· Enable an area for people with disabilities who require a companion.

· No standing in the stadium, invading yellow zones or another area out of their seats.

· Social bubbles of 5 family members will be allowed to enter the stadium.

· A maximum of 5 tickets can be purchased by one person, who must verify, as an additional step in the electronic purchase process, that tickets are for the family bubble.

This in-person activity is part of a pilot plan to establish whether the requirements such as being fully vaccinated and compliance with the sanitary guidelines, would allow the gradual reopening of more massive activities. According to the health authorities, the National Stadium is one of the best places to carry out this plan.

"We must understand that we are in a pandemic, it is constantly developing, but that if we work jointly and responsibly hand in hand with the sanitary guidelines we will be able to repeat this process (referring to massive activities) in other scenarios later on," Alemán said.

In the country 2,189,281 people have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 43% of the population, according to health authorities latest statistics.

Last week, the government announced mandatory vaccination in the country.

Should the government authorize more massive activities for fully-vaccinated people? 
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