The security forces are increasing their surveillance operations by air, land and sea.
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Police launch Holy Week surveillance plan in Costa Rica
Published Thursday, March 25, 2021
By A.M. Costa Rica staff
To guarantee security in public areas during the Holy Week, the police surveillance plan begins throughout the country, specifically focused on the popular areas known for their religious activities, high tourism and busy shopping centers, the Ministry of Security said.
The security forces increasing their surveillance operations by air, land and sea, are the following: National Police, Red Cross, Firefighters, Traffic Police, Judicial Investigation Organization, Park Rangers, Migration Police, Officials of the National Emergency Commission, Fiscal Control Police, Prison Police, Drug Control Police, Coast Guard and Air Surveillance Police.
According to the ministry, it is estimated that the police force in the surveillance plan includes more than 4,300 officers, 600 police vehicles, 284 police motorcycles, 56 ambulances, 54 patrol boats, and five airplanes, among others.
The united police front will be patrolling go-to tourism locales such as volcanoes, beaches, camping centers, rivers and malls. As well as places with the highest flow of people traveling, in and out the country, during Easter, such as border posts.
The government expects a large influx of people in the main tourist and commercial areas of the country, especially due to the government's authorization of all public employees to take vacation during the entire Holy Week, from March 28 to April 3.
Most public institutions, of non-essential services such as hospitals and police forces, will close from Friday, March 26 in the afternoon, until the reopening on Monday, April 5. This order was the government's acceptance of the Minister of Tourism's request to give vacation to the public employees as an initiative to reactivate domestic tourism.
However, President Carlos Alvarado called on people to maintain health guidelines during the holidays to avoid a spike in covid-19 infections.
"Let's not forget that there is still a killer virus and it is up to us to protect ourselves," Alvarado said. “Although we will have men and women defending our security, we must also put a grain of sand (referring to personal responsibility) and protect ourselves. You should alert the authorities in the case of an emergency and take precautions at all times."
Health authorities reemphasized how basic guidelines could help protect each other from contracting and transmitting covid-19, such as:
• Frequently washing your hands.
• Avoid touching your face.
• Stop shaking hands and hugging people.
• Don’t share personal items.
• Wear a facemask to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces.
• Keeping 6 feet distance for social distancing.
• Gathering with your social bubble.
• Avoid eating or drinking in public places.
• If you are sick, stay at home.
This week, the government, through the Ministry of Tourism, created a series of online tourist guides to motivate people to visit rural areas during the Holy Week break.
Among the sites promoted are Turrialba Canton in Cartago Province, Monteverde Canton in Puntarenas Province, Tamarindo Beach in Guanacaste Province, Golfito Port in the southern zone of Puntarenas Province, Los Santos Canton in the southern zone of San José Province and Sarapiqui Canton in Heredia Province.
The tourist guides created by the institute provide information to visitors about the place's history, gastronomy, recommendations, access routes and a list of cultural activities that will take place in these destinations during the week.
Readers can access the Spanish language Tour Guides on the ministry website under ”Visit Costa Rica.”
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