The updates and changes related to Orange or Yellow alert zones depend on the development of the covid-19 infection for the week.
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Published Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Five cantons rise to Orange Alert
due to spike of covid-19 cases

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Emergency Commission announced on Tuesday more changes in the areas declared in Orange Alert due to an increase in patients infected with covid-19.

According to the commission, the new cantons in Orange Alert are:

• Goicoechea in San José Province

• Naranjo in Alajuela Province

• Flores in Heredia Province

• Liberia and Santa Cruz in Guanacaste Province

The updated list of cantons under Orange Alert and Yellow Alert can be read on the government's website under Covid-19/Alerta/Canton.

Ban on driving. On weekdays, the ban on driving rules continues from Monday through Friday, where driving is allowed from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. The vehicles banned are based on the last number of the vehicle plate number, as follows:

• Monday: plates banned end in 1 or 2.

• Tuesday: plates banned end in 3 or 4.

• Wednesday: plates banned end in 5 or 6.

• Thursday: plates banned end in 7 or 8.

• Friday: plates banned end in 9 or 0.

On weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, regardless of the plate number, all vehicles will be able to travel from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. nationwide.

Concerning the penalties for breaking the ban-on-driving rule, the deputies in Congress approved in the second round of voting, the bill No. 22.134, which reduces the fines to approximately $180.

The approved bill prohibits traffic officials from seizing vehicle plates or even vehicles, in addition to no longer reducing penalty points on the driving license of the driver.

According to the Road Safety Council, Cosevi, since the ban-on-driving rule was declared from April until Sept. 11, the total amount of fines collected reached approximately $1,811,922.

As the new law states, the money collected from the fines for breaking the ban-on-driving rule will be transferred to the National Emergency Fund to be used during the pandemic.

Readers can verify the updated ban on driving by visiting the government website Covid-19/Alerta/Vehicular.

The Ministry of Health recommends for managers or business representatives with inquiries about the ban on driving during the weekday, business restrictions and guidelines to directly call them at (506) 2223-0333.

The updates and changes related to Orange or Yellow alert zones depend on the development of the covid-19 infection for the week.

A.M. Costa Rica urges readers to share this alert with their contacts.

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