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Most of the businesses can continue operations from Monday to Sunday. / A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo


























 

Published Monday, July 20, 2020

Extended restrictions on
Yellow Alert zones


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Due to the declaration of Yellow Alert by the government in most of the country, businesses and the right to drive will be restricted until Friday, July 31.

This is an emergency measure for the containment of covid-19 throughout the country, according to the Ministry of Health and the National Commission for Emergencies.

The Yellow Alert restrictions according to the government are as follows:

Ban on driving.  License plate restrictions apply, from Monday to Friday, the daily driving restrictions are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Vehicles with plates ending in the following numbers are not allowed on the road:

• On Monday, plate numbers 1 or 2.

• On Tuesday, plate numbers 3 or 4.

• On Wednesday, plate numbers 5 or 6.

• On Thursday, plate numbers 7 or 8.

• On Friday, plate numbers 9 or 0.

After 10 p.m. vehicles are not allowed on the roads. This rule applies on a daily basis.

On weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, driving will be allowed from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. After 7 p.m. vehicles are not allowed on the roads. The ban on driving applies to cars whose plates end in the following numbers:

• On Saturday, plate numbers 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8

• On Sunday plate numbers 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9

Most of the businesses can continue operations from Monday to Sunday, such as restaurants, shops, gyms, hotels, banks, garages, offices, museums, cinemas, theaters, among others.

Businesses can open as long as they keep 50% of the maximum number of people on the site, and respect the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

Hotels will be able to maintain 100% of clients in private areas, and at most 50% in common areas.

The exception applies to bars, clubs, casinos, and public parks. They must remain closed until further notice.

Places of worship will remain open, but with far fewer people allowed to congregate in one enclosed space, only 75 people at a time. There are also mandatory sanitary measures in place for churches.

The so-called feria del agricultor, or farmer’s markets, may continue to operate on weekends, as long as they maintain a special schedule for the care of older adults from 5 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Special ban on driving in border zones. The Yellow Alert also establishes a different ban on a driving schedule in the border regions with Nicaragua and Panama.

In the border zones, driving is only permitted from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the other 12 hours driving is prohibited.

The ban on driving applies to the following border towns:

Guanacaste Province in La Cruz district.

Alajuela Province in Upala, Guatuso Los Chiles, San Carlos, Aguas Zarcas, Cutris, Pital, Pocosol, Venecia, Tres Esquinas, Los Ángeles, Sonafluca, La Perla, San Isidro, El Tanque, San Jorge, Santa Cecilia, La Vega and Bonanza.

Limon Province in Llanuras del Gaspar, Curuña, Sarapiquí, Pacuarito, Reventazón, La Rita, Roxana, Cariari, Colorado, Pococí, Guácimo and Duacarí.

Province of Puntarenas in Corredores, Sabalito, Agua Buena, Coto Brus.



The full list of places in Yellow Alert can be found on the National Commission of Emergency site.

The continued restrictions on declared zones as Orange Alert for the Greater Metropolitan Area, GAM, and some rural areas can be read in the  article's following link "Orange Alert control continues throughout this month."




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What other restrictive measures could help decrease the spread of covid-19 in the country?   We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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