As we have seen it in the past few weeks, the cases of COVID-19 have been increasing all over the country. Today, March 18th, 2021, Government Officials have issued new restrictions to avoid the spreading of this virus. Following, we will explain said restrictions:

  • Vehicular Restriction by Plates in the whole Country: 

For the next twelve (12) days, starting Wednesday May 19th the vehicular restriction will change and be applied according to a new scheme of alternate license plates where odd plates can circulate only on odd dates, and even plates can circulate only on even dates. Here the schedule of the plates that CANNOT circulate per day:

    • Wednesday 19th: even plates (0,2,4,6,8)
    • Thursday 20th: odd plates (1,3,5,7,9)
    • Friday 21st: even plates (0,2,4,6,8)
    • Saturday 22nd: odd plates (1,3,5,7,9)
    • Sunday 23rd: even plates (0,2,4,6,8)
    • Monday 24th: odd plates (1,3,5,7,9)
    • Tuesday 25th: even plates (0,2,4,6,8)
    • Wednesday 26th: odd plates (1,3,5,7,9)
    • Thursday 27th: even plates (0,2,4,6,8)
    • Friday 28th: odd plates (1,3,5,7,9)
    • Saturday 29th: even plates (0,2,4,6,8)
    • Sunday 30th: odd plates (1,3,5,7,9)

The nighttime driving ban remains the same: Monday through Sunday, from 9:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.

The list of exceptions remains in force (you can reach out to us for the complete list). Failure to comply with the sanitary vehicle restriction without any justification implies a fine of ¢ 110,729 colones.


Alternate license plates
  • Restrictions for Activities and Businesses:

Restrictions for Activities and Businesses remain unmodified until May 31st, you can find all the details in our previous article here:

  • Schools closing:

The Ministry of Public Education has announced a suspension in face-to-face classes for public schools, starting May 24th until July 9th. Private schools can maintain their normal schedule with online classes.

A special exception has been granted for the vehicular restriction, allowing vehicles to drive to schools and daycares (private and public) from May 19th to May 21st.

  • The axes of the President of Costa Rica

The President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada announced these axes as part of the efforts to lower the growing curve of sickness and death:

  1. Detection and Isolation: Health Authorities are trying to apply more COVID tests to cut out the contagion, for example in workplaces. Also, they plan to open contention centers for the less ill, and upgrade hours of attention from 16 to 24 hours.
  1. Moving faster with the Vaccination Campaign: The goal is to have 3.5 million inhabitants vaccinated, and 1.2 million doses have been applied. Start of vaccination for group 4 has been announced, and priority goes to: Teachers, Solid waste collectors, and Officials from Aqueducts (AyA), and the National Children’s Trust (PANI). The 82 Municipal Emergency Committees (CME) will also be vaccinated, as part of group 1.

A diplomatic effort is being made to get a donation of vaccines from China, as well as we gain access to new batches in the United States. The private sector had been authorized to start importing, and using vaccines since April 27th.

  1. Reducing Infection: There will be no closure of establishments, however, public institutions have to reduce their staff to working in person to 20% and the rest online. Modification on the school calendar is maintained (explained below).
  1. Transferring and releasing more than 400 beds that are occupied by non-covid-19 patients: They will be transferred to shelters, private hospitals, clinics, health areas and other centers.
  1. Search for international support: The Government is trying to procure other countries to give us donations in supplies or vaccines.

For any further information and the complete list of restrictions and measures, please feel free to send us an e-mail at Stay safe!

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