Published Wednesday, September 9, 2020
More changes in Orange and Yellow
Alert Zones for the rest of September
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Given the increase in cases and the risk of transmission by covid-19, the National Emergency Commission updated on Tuesday the Orange and Yellow Alert status in several cantons in the provinces of Heredia, Puntarenas and Limón.
The epidemiological evaluation carried out by the Ministry of Health concluded a significant increase in cases from 116% to 866%, resulting in places changing their status from Yellow Alert to Orange Alert.
This evaluation also made it possible to determine a decrease in the cantonal risk index in San José, Alajuela and Puntarenas, with which some cantons were lowered from Orange Alert to Yellow Alert.
After the changes indicated, the following cantons were classified under Orange:
• In San José Province, the cantons of Acosta, Alajuelita, Curridabat, Desamparados (except a few districts declared under Yellow Alert), Goicoechea, Mora, San José, Santa Ana, Tibás and Vazquez de Coronado.
• In Alajuela Province, the Alajuela Canton, Naranjo, Pital District of San Carlos and Río Cuarto.
• In Cartago Province, the Canton of La Union and Oreamuno.
• In Heredia Province, the cantons of Barva, Belém, Flores, San Pablo and Santo Domingo. As well as the districts of Heredia, Mercedes, San Francisco and Ulloa.
• In Puntarenas Province, the cantons of Garabito, Montes de Oro and the Palmar District.
• In the Province of Limón, the Limón Canton.
The rest of the country remains in yellow alert.
For more information on the established Orange or Yellow alert that applies in the specific provinces listed, visit the government website Covid-19 Alert.
Ban on driving. The rule will apply to the
entire country until Wednesday, Sept, 30.
On weekdays, Monday through Friday, driving is not
allowed from 5 a.m. at 10 p.m. On Saturdays and
Sundays the ban applies from 5 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
The same ban on driving rules applies to border
regions in Costa Rica.
Also, navigation is allowed on rivers, seas and
Driving is allowed, to and from lodging places (such
as hotels or cabins, among others). People must carry
a document that proves the stay at the place of
Readers can verify the updated ban on driving by
visiting the following link to the government website
It is recommended to managers or business
representatives with inquiries about ban on driving,
business restrictions and guidelines to directly call
the Ministry of Health at (506) 2223-0333.
It is expected that on Thursday, October 1, the government will announce changes in the alerts and restrictions that apply for that month.
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