Business: New Commercial Reality Begins

Including the respective prevention protocols to avoid the spread of the virus, cinemas, beauty salons, auto parts sales, non-contact sports training centers, gyms and swimming schools will be able to open to the public as of May 1st in Costa Rica.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The protocols must be constructed between the institutions and the respective sectors, who may send their proposals to the Ministry or Executive Presidency as appropriate, reported the Ministry of Health.

See "New Commercial Reality: How to Reach Customers"

The official statement states that "... The measures will be gradual and will depend on the behavior of the cases and if necessary restrictions will be implemented again.

It is enabled during the week from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm:
1. Cinemas and theaters with a minimum separation of 2 meters between each person and the ticket office or electronic reservation.
2. Facilities for practice or training of non-contact sports, with a reduction of their normal maximum occupancy capacity to twenty-five percent (25%).
3. Gyms with a reduction of their maximum normal occupancy capacity to twenty-five percent (25%), with a differentiated schedule for people with risk factors.
4. Swimming schools, with a reduction of their maximum normal occupancy capacity to twenty-five percent (25%).


In addition to the list of exceptions already issued, weekends are available from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm:
1. Beauty salons and barber shops, with a capacity of fifty percent (50%) according to maximum capacity and only by appointment.
2. Retail sale of parts, pieces and accessories for motor vehicles and motorcycles, with a capacity of fifty percent (50%) according to maximum occupancy capacity.
Parking lots or car parks.
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Any activity found to be in breach of established guidelines and protocols will have their health permit suspended for one calendar month. If the non-compliance is repeated, the activity will be suspended indefinitely. Further changes will be evaluated on May 11.

Also see "Changes in Lifestyle and the New Commercial Reality" and "Visits to Quarantined Shops: Is the Trend Reversed?"

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