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The government continues taking measures in their attempt to halt the spread of the virus across Costa Rica.
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Published Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Fifteen cantons in Orange Alert due
to increase of covid-19 contagious

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The National Emergency Commission announced on Tuesday the additional areas declared in Orange Alert due to an increase in patients infected with covid-19.

According to the commission, the 15 cantons in Orange Alert are:

• Pérez Zeledón in San José Province.
• Orotina and Sarchí, in Alajuela Province.
• El Guarco in Cartago Province.
• Corredores, Coto Brus, Garabito, Golfito, Parrita and Quepos in Puntarenas Province.
• Guácimo, Limón Central, Matina, Pococí and Siquirres in Limón Province.
There are no cantons under Orange Alert in the provinces of Guanacaste and Heredia.

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

The government continues taking measures in their attempt to halt the spread of the virus across Costa Rica.

The ban-on-driving rule remains for the month of February only in San José.

Authorities withdrew the ban-on-driving rule during the weekdays everywhere else, but with exceptions. Regardless of the vehicle plate’s last number, drivers can be on the road during the week, from Monday to Friday, from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.

There are still restrictions in place.

After 10 p.m. there should be no vehicle on the streets, except for people who travel to authorized places such as the airport, a clinic, work or a hotel, among others.

The list of exceptions that allow any vehicle to drive at night are on the government website Covid Exceptions Restriction.

Concerning the zone inside the capital city, known as the Circunvalacion route, the ban-on-driving rule continues.

The Circunvalacion route, so-called Ruta 39, includes all the streets that are found around the capital city.

In this zone, the ban-on-driving rule continues from Monday through Friday, allowing driving from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. But, vehicles are banned based on the last number of the license plate number:

• Monday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 1 or 2.

• Tuesday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 3 or 4.

• Wednesday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 5 or 6.

• Thursday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 7 or 8.

• Friday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 9 or 0.

On weekends, Sundays and Saturdays, the ban-on-driving rule will continue.

• On Saturdays, the drivers can circulate from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Only vehicles with plates ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 are banned.

• On Sundays, driving is allowed from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., vehicles with plates ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 are banned.

Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website, Covid-19 Alerta Vehicular.

The fine of approximately $180 for breaking the law remains effective. Due to the new law approved by Congress in October 2020, traffic officials can not seize the vehicle or its plates and no longer reduce penalty points on the driving license of the driver for breaking the rule.

How is the ban-on-driving rule effective in reducing the covid-19 contagion in your community?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to

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