As a result of the municipalities' plan to implement covid-19 infection prevention measures, the National Emergency Commission
announced the updated list of areas declared under the Orange Alert. - A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo-
Published Wednesday, September 16, 2020
More changes for Orange Alert zones
due to increase cases of covid-19
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
As a result of the municipalities' plan to implement covid-19 infection prevention measures, the National Emergency Commission announced on Tuesday the updated list of areas declared under the Orange Alert.
As part of the plan, a total of 26 local governments of the country carried out a self-evaluation, to determine the percentage of compliance with the Cantonal Prevention Plans for covid-19, the Commission said in its statement.
This self-evaluation allows reviewing the progress and challenges based on the percentage of compliance with the plan to reduce the contagion rate in their communities. Those local governments that have an execution percentage equal to or greater than 80% of the plan may opt for a greater reopening as long as they have a low-risk index.
On the other hand, in places that have an execution percentage lower than 80%, the authorities made a change in the alert status, from Yellow Alert to Orange Alert due to an increase of covid-19 cases. These cantons are Aserrí in San José Province, Zarcero in Alajuela Province, San Rafael and San Isidro in Heredia Province and Siquirres in Limón Province.
The updated list of cantons under Orange Alert can be reached at the government's website Covid-19/Alerta/Canton.
The rest of the country is under Yellow Alert to continue with the Opening Phase.
The rules that apply on each phase (opening or closing) can be reached on the government site Covid-19/Alerta/Regulacion.
Ban on driving. The rule will apply to the entire country until Wednesday, Sept, 30.
On weekdays, Monday through Friday, driving is allowed from 5:00 a.m. at 10:00 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, driving is allowed from 5:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Vehicles banned are based on the last number on their 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.
• Saturday: plates banned end in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8.
• Sunday: plates banned end in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9.
Readers can verify the updated ban on driving by visiting the following link to the government website Covid-19/Alerta/RestricciónVehicular
It is recommended to managers or business representatives with inquiries about the ban on driving, business restrictions and guidelines to directly call the Ministry of Health at (506) 2223-0333.
On Thursday, October 1, the government will announce changes in the alerts and restrictions applied for that month.
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