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Published on Monday, October 4, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The driving restrictions remain in place, beginning today, Monday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct. 10 from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. as long as their plate number isn’t banned for the day.

No vehicles on the road after 9 p.m., except those traveling to authorized places such as the airport, a clinic, work, school, hotel, among others. The list of exceptions that allow any vehicle to drive at night is on the government website under Vehicle Exceptions.

The restrictions were introduced following the National Decree for Health Emergency implemented in 2020, as a measure to try to decrease covid-19 infections, following the National Emergency Commission order.

The driving restrictions apply as follows:

· Monday, Oct. 4, plates ending in 1 or 2 are banned.

· Tuesday, Oct. 5, plates ending in 3 or 4 are banned.

· Wednesday, Oct. 6, plates ending in 5 or 6 are banned.

· Thursday, Oct. 7, plates ending in 7 or 8 are banned.

· Friday, Oct. 8, plates ending in 9 or 0 are banned.

. Saturday, Oct. 9, plates ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) are banned.

. Sunday, Oct 10, plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) are banned.

Drivers caught disregarding the driving restrictions must pay a fine of about $180. Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website’s Vehicle Restriction Alert.

A practical solution to avoid driving is to request a ride-hailing service or use public transportation. Drivers should print and keep the ban-on-driving schedule displayed below with them at all times.

Drivers who want to appeal a fine made by traffic police have the option of claiming by email.

Also, vehicle owners whose license plates were seized by traffic officers could recover them through home delivery services provided by Correos de Costa Rica, the state delivery services company.

The government confirmed that due to the continuous increase in covid-19 cases in the country, the restrictions should continue until herd immunity can be achieved, which is at least 83% of the population, approximately 4,274,344 million people vaccinated. So far, Costa Rica has 2,189,281 people who have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 43% of the population.

Should the government lift the restrictions for fully vaccinated people?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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