Costa Rica Applies New Mobility Restrictions

In order to reduce the effects of the pandemic that caused the outbreak of Covid-19, from April 27 to May 16, there will be restrictions on vehicle traffic from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following day.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Given the speed of the increase in the number of infections and hospital occupancy, some of the most severe epidemiological data since the beginning of the pandemic, the health authorities made the decision to change the restriction schedule, according to an official statement.

The authorities explained that this action seeks to reduce the mobility of the population, slowing down the increase of contagions without closing establishments, the document highlights.

Costa Rican President, Carlos Alvarado explained that the country is "... facing a situation that requires us to redouble our protection measures to contain the curve of cases that continues growing. We continue with the vaccination campaign, which strengthens the actions we are carrying out in the face of Covid-19. In spite of this, we must be careful and not let our guard down to avoid a collapse in hospitalization, which is at its limit today."

Only from April 16 to April 24, 1464 incidents have been attended throughout the national territory, related to the pandemic such as crowds on public roads, stores, temples of worship, private property, among others, specifies the presidential statement.

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