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In the two closing games, the pre-final which took place last night at the Saprissa stadium and the final game that will take place on Wednesday
in Heredia stadium are dedicated to the heroes who for more than 14 months have been fighting against the pandemic.
- Deportivo Saprissa photo -


























Published Monday, May 24, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
With the motto “Frena la Ola,” stop the wave in English, players from the first division soccer teams, Club Sport Herediano and Deportivo Saprissa, will dedicate the tournament final to health workers, who are on the front lines of the war against covid-19 and invite fans to avoid crowds during the games.

In the two closing games, the pre-final which took place last night at the Saprissa stadium and the final game that will take place on Wednesday in Heredia stadium are dedicated to the heroes who for more than 14 months have been fighting against the pandemic.

The celebrated aid corps are dedicated health workers, Emergency Commission officials, police, Ministry of Health workers and Red Cross among many others.



As part of the campaign, the referees and members of both teams will wear T-shirts with the slogan " stop the wave", referring to the third wave of infections that the country is currently facing.

The campaign also has the goal of raising awareness in fans to watch the game at home with their family bubble, enjoying the two soccer games which are broadcast on local television channels.

As part of the campaign, authorities are calling on people to report to the 911 emergency line any suspicion of crowded parties in houses, bars, hotels, clubs, among others.

Regulations remain, including the ban on the driving rule. This is part of the guidelines ordered by the National Emergency Commission to avoid masses in the streets and the risk of increasing covid-19 contagion.

The ban-on-driving curfew applies to the entire country until the end of this month. Drivers can be on the roads from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., after that time no cars should be in the street.

The campaign to avoid an increase in covid-19 cases was created after the authorities had to suspend a soccer game in Puntarenas on Saturday, May 15.



That day, the soccer match between the Puntarenas and Guanacaste soccer teams was scheduled to be held with no access for people.

Due to the large gatherings of people in the streets hours before the game, which was scheduled to start at 9 p.m. and the risk of causing more virus infections, the Ministry of Health ordered the cancelation of the game.



The same day, Wilber Madriz-Arguedas, Mayor of Puntarenas Canton, was fined for breaking the ban-on driving rule.

According to Madriz's statement, he was having lunch at a local restaurant before the soccer match. The problem began when he admitted to drinking 4 beers and a few hours later driving to the Lito Perez stadium in Puntarenas, where the game was scheduled.

The mayor had to be present at the stadium as part of his duties as a member of the commission of representatives of the municipality, the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Health among other organizations. The commission had to ensure that the sanitary guidelines were being respected to avoid crowds and the risk of increased covid-19 contagion.

However, before reaching the stadium Madriz was stopped while he passed through the street where a routine operation by the traffic officers was taking place.

According to Madriz, he was stopped because the license plate number of his car was banned from driving on Saturday.

However, the officers also decided to apply the driving under the influence test to the mayor. He tested positive for " lower" alcohol consumption, Madriz said.

The officers proceeded to remove the license plates from the car and apply the corresponding fine to the mayor.

The municipality did not publish any statement regarding the mayor's actions during his duties.

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What have you heard about crowded parties in your community?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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