Published Monday, July 13, 2020

Restrictions for Yellow Alert zones

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Due to the declaration of Yellow Alert by the government in most of the country, businesses and the right to drive will be restricted until further notice. This is an emergency measure for the containment of covid-19 throughout the country.

Both the Yellow Alert and Orange Alert plague the country, affecting businesses and driving.

The article, “More changes on restrictions to be released on Sunday” gives more information on the zones where the Orange Alert has been applied, which will continue until further notice, said the Emergency Commission in its statement.

According to the government, the restrictions in the areas with a Yellow Alert are:

Ban on driving. The daily driving restrictions are different from Orange Alert, because hours are from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. License plate restrictions apply.

From Monday to Friday, vehicles whose plates finish with the following numbers are not allowed on the road:

• Monday last plate number on 1 or 2

• Tuesday last plate number on 3 or 4

• Wednesday last plate number on 5 or 6

• Thursday last plate number on 7 or 8

• Friday last plate number on 9 or 0

During the weekdays and weekends after 5 p.m. drivers can only be on the road when traveling to clinics, hospitals, supermarkets or to work.

On weekends, driving will be allowed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ban on driving rule applies to cars whose plates end in the following numbers:

• Saturday plate last number on 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8

• Sunday plate last number on 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9

Some businesses continue operations. During the weekdays, from today to Friday July 17, businesses can continue operations from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Places of worship will remain open, but with far less people allowed to congregate in one enclosed space, only 75 people at a time. There are mandatory sanitary measures in place for churches to follow.

Beach access is also regulated, from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Businesses that serve the public, such as hotels, restaurants, shops, museums, cinemas and theaters, can continue open, maintaining a maximum of 50% of the maximum capacity of clients on the site.

The so-called feria del agricultor , or farmer’s markets, may continue to operate on weekends, as long as they maintain a special schedule for the care of older adults from 5 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Special ban on driving in border zones. The Yellow Alert also establishes a different ban on driving schedule in the border areas, both for the border with Nicaragua and the border with Panama.

In the border zones, driving is only permitted from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the other 12 hours driving is prohibited.

The border areas where the ban on driving applies are:

Guanacaste Province in La Cruz district

Alajuela Province in Upala, Guatuso Los Chiles, San Carlos, Aguas Zarcas, Cutris, Pital, Pocosol, Venecia, Tres Esquinas, Los Ángeles, Sonafluca, La Perla, San Isidro, El Tanque, San Jorge, Santa Cecilia, La Vega and Bonanza.

Limon Province in Llanuras del Gaspar, Curuña, Sarapiquí, Pacuarito, Reventazón, La Rita, Roxana, Cariari, Colorado, Pococí, Guacimo and Duacarí.

Province of Puntarenas in Corredores, Sabalito, Agua Buena, Coto Brus.

The full list of places in Yellow Alert can be found on the National Commission of Emergency site.

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