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Due to the rapid increase in covid-19 infections in Costa Rica, particularly in the Central Region,
last week, the government ordered more severe restrictions to suppress a rising infection rate.
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Published Monday, May 3, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff



Following the guidelines ordered by the Government, through the Ministry of Health, to control the spread of covid-19, the National Parks and Protected Wilderness Areas located in the Central Region will reduce access to tourists by 50% this week, from May 3 to 9.

The list of natural tourist destinations that may allow tourist visitors of 50% of their capacity from 8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m are:

Guayabo National Monument, a maximum of 200 people, in groups of 20.

Braulio Carrillo National Park, 50 person maximum.

Poás Volcano National Park allows the entry of 504 people from Mexico, in groups of 28 people.

Grecia Forest Reserve and Bosque del Niño allow a maximum of 100 people.

Tapantí National Park allows a maximum of 150 people.

Irazú Volcano National Park, in the Crater sector, allows a maximum entrance of 525 people.

Los Quetzales National Park allows entry of 40 people maximum.

Turrialba Volcano National Park allows a maximum of 60 people in groups of 10. In this case, the last entry allowed is at noon.



"These measures are consistent with the requirement of the Health authorities and the Government, to prevent the increase in covid-19 cases,” said Rafael Gutiérrez-Rojas, Director of the National System of Parks and Protected Areas, SINAC. "However, in the Protected Wild Areas sanitary protocols are in place for tourists and avoid the contagion in our officers."

Authorities announced possible changes in the hours and access to the parks after May 9 when new public health measures are announced.

People interested in visiting the National Parks during the restriction week can buy tickets on the SINAC website.

Due to the rapid increase in covid-19 infections in Costa Rica, particularly in the Central Region, last week, the government ordered more severe restrictions to suppress a rising infection rate.

Detailed information on restrictions can be found in the article Tightened restrictions in Costa Rica due to covid-19 published on Friday.


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