Between June 1 and 20, Costa Rica will begin the second phase of its economic opening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Among the new measures is to open restaurants to a capacity of 50% and open public parks to transit in communities.

In addition, museums will be able to operate at 50% capacity and all hotels will operate at 50% regardless of number of rooms.

On May 16, Costa Rica began the first phase of a de-escalation of sanitary measures by Covis-19, which includes opening beaches, hotels, cinemas, national parks and performing recreational sports without physical contact.

From that day until May 31, inclusive, the Costa Rican authorities approved a gradual reopening of the national economy in the face of the pandemic and as long as the population abides by the guidelines and the cases do not rise exponentially, new phases will continue to be applied.

The current provisions contemplate the opening of 13 national parks and 20-room hotels, limiting entry and occupation to 50% of capacity.

Theaters and cinemas are also allowed to operate with seating separation measures of at least 1.8 meters between each person and a ticket office or electronic reservation.

The beaches were enabled from Monday to Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 local time, as well as access to recreational sports without physical contact and behind closed doors of physical contact sports from Monday to Sunday.

The authorities also extended the hours from Monday to Friday until 22:00 local time for establishments with sanitary operating permits, such as restaurants, shops and shopping centers.

Of course: the Minister of Public Security, Michael Soto, revealed that the country will limit the entry of foreign carriers to the national territory, in order to prevent the borders from eventually becoming sources of contagion for the new coronavirus.

“This carrier and its cargo will be guarded by police authorities through caravans to the southern border- when the destination is not Costa Rica-, and thus guarantee its traceability and prevent contagions, and when Costa Rica is the destination it is guaranteed that a process disengagement ”, explained Soto.

The measures also establish that carriers may only enter the facilities of Costa Rican land border posts, in order to carry out the logistical operations required to guarantee the country’s imports and exports.

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