The areas declared in Orange Alert due to an increase in patients infected with covid-19.
- National Emergency Commission and Ministry of Security photo -

Published Wednesday, September 30, 2020

New cantons in Orange Alert due
to covid-19 cases increase

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 Orange Alert zones are Belén and Flores in Heredia Province, Goicochea in San José Province, Esparza in Puntarenas Province and Quesada District in Alajuela Province.

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

Ban on driving. The ban on driving will apply to the entire country.

On weekdays, Monday through Friday, driving is allowed from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.

On Saturdays and Sundays, driving is allowed from 5 a.m. until 8 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 government website Covid-19/Alerta/Vehicular.

The rest of the country is under Yellow Alert and continues with the planned Opening Phase. The rules that apply on each phase (opening or closing) can be found on the government site under Covid-19/Alerta/Establecimientos.

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

The rules and restrictions plan related to  Orange or Yellow alert will continue in October, authorities said.

How are the ban on driving and business closures helping contain the spread of covid-19 in the country? 
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