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Restrictions Reduced in February for Costa Rica

Costa Rica

The Casa Presidencial has announced some restrictions will be reduced beginnining February 1st 2021 and will continue for the month.

As of February 1:

  • During weekends, establishments with customer service also extend their hours of operation until 10:00 pm. 
  • Weekends the hours of vehicular circulation are extended until 10:00 pm 
  • National parks increase their authorization to 100% of their capacity 
  • Beach hours are enabled from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Bars and casinos will keep their capacity at 50%  

In order to continue with the process of gradual opening in the shared management model "Costa Rica works and takes care of itself", in compliance with the sanitary protocols necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the Government of the Republic detailed the sanitary measures that will govern the entire country equally as of February 1

Unified health vehicle restriction throughout the week

As of this Monday, February 1 and throughout the month, both in cantons with an orange alert and with a yellow alert, the hours of vehicular circulation are extended during weekends until 10:00 p.m. health throughout the country, Monday through Sunday from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am. Except for the list of exceptions, they do not circulate:

Monday: 1 and 2

Tuesday: 3 and 4

Wednesday: 5 and 6

Thursday: 7 and 8

Friday: 9 and 0

Saturday: 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 (odd)

Sunday: 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 (even)


Regulation of establishments

Similarly, the operating permit for establishments with a public health permit is also extended until 10:00 pm (consistent with the health vehicle restriction). Therefore, the opening hours of establishments throughout the country are also unified from Monday to Sunday. 

On the other hand, national parks will be able to function with a capacity of 100%, maintaining the sanitary guidelines established by the Ministry of Health to reduce exposure to the maximum, contagion risks and guarantee the safety and health of visitors and collaborators. While bars and casinos will maintain their capacity at 50% during February.

In addition, the beaches are enabled from Monday to Sunday from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Also of note, Heredia and Guanacaste have no cantons with an orange alert.

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