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Costa Rica adds new ban on driving, business restrictions

The Costa Rican government announced on Wednesday a new plan with stricter restrictions to try to contain the spread of covid-19 throughout the country.

According to A.M. Costa Rica, the restrictions will apply from Monday, Aug. 31 to Wednesday, Sept. 30, and split into two periods. The first period is the Transition Phase from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8. The second period is the Reopening Phase from September 9 to 30.


Transition Phase. It applies on Orange Alert zones. Most of the businesses can reopen, as long as they maintain 50% of the maximum capacity of clients and workers in common areas. Hotels are allowed with the maximum capacity of customers, yet must maintain 50% of the maximum capacity in common areas.

Reopening phase. Companies and commerce reopening, must do it with controlled hours, Monday to Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Services are only allowed at 50 percent of the maximum capacity of clients in common areas.

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