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List of Allowed Establishments During the Transition & Controlled Reopening Phases

The Costa Rica government issued the list of establishments allowed to operate during the transition and controlled opening phases both in orange zones and yellow zones. Establishments allowed during the transition phase, only orange alert areas. The

List of Allowed Establishments During the Transition & Controlled Reopening Phase

The Costa Rica government issued the list of establishments allowed to operate during the transition and controlled opening phases both in orange zones and yellow zones.

Establishments allowed during the transition phase, only orange alert areas.

The transition phase will be from August 31 to September 8, it applies only for cantons on orange alert.

A. May work from Monday to Sunday without time restrictions:

1.  Delivery services.

2.  Public institutions in general and municipalities.

3.  Customer service platforms of public and municipal institutions, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

4.  Branches of Correos de Costa Rica for the reception and delivery of parcels, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

5.  Courier and parcel delivery branches, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

6.  Public and private health establishments (clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, laboratories, doctors’ offices, radiodiagnosis services, emergency services, optical, macrobiotics, among others), veterinary clinics, and drugstores.

7.  Health services in mobile units complying with the provisions of Executive Decree No. 41045-S.

8.  Community garbage collection services.

9.  Supermarkets, suppliers, grocery stores, and convenience stores, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

10.  Bakeries, butchers, and greengrocers, with an occupation capacity of fifty percent (50%).

11.  Farmer’s Markets, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%), with strict protocols and a differentiated time slot for older adults from 5:00 am to 8:30 am.

12.  Establishments for the sale of agricultural, veterinary, and animal food supplies, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

13.  Establishments where there is the commercialization of agricultural, livestock, fishing and aquaculture products, florists, markets, with an occupation capacity of fifty percent (50%).

14.  Hardware stores and sale of construction materials, with an occupation capacity of fifty percent (50%).

15.  Locksmiths, with an occupation capacity of fifty percent (50%).

16. Glass shops, with an occupation capacity of fifty percent (50%).

17. Vehicle rental “rent a car”.

18. Vehicle Technical Review (RTV), with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

19. Repair of vehicles, engines in general, motorcycles, tires, cycles and bicycle workshops, agricultural equipment, machinery, and heavy and industrial equipment, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

20. Vehicle oil change service (Lubricentros), with a fifty percent (50%) occupancy capacity.

21.  Sale of spare parts, parts, pieces, and accessories for vehicles, engines in general, bicycles, agricultural equipment, machinery, and heavy and industrial equipment, with an occupation capacity of fifty percent (50%).

22.  Car wash services (Lavacar).

23.  Fuel supply.

24.  Hygiene supply establishments, with an occupation capacity of fifty percent (50%).

25.  Laundries, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

26.  Public or private banking and financial services, in financial or non-financial entities, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

27.  The sale of lotteries and products of chance duly authorized by the Social Protection Board.

28.  Funeral homes and / or vigil chapels, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

29.  Public, private, or mixed nurseries supervised by the CAI or the MEP.

30.  Public and private care centers for vulnerable and dependent people.

31.  Hotels, cabins, or accommodation establishments, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (100%).

32.  Swimming pools, restaurants, gyms in hotels, cabins, or accommodation establishments, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

33.  Centers with thermal water pools, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

34.  Beaches and lakes from Monday to Sunday from 5:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with distance measures of 1.8 meters respecting social bubbles. This access includes non-contact sports activities.

35.  Accommodation activities for short stays (motels).

36.  Parking lots or public parking lots.

37.  Activities behind closed doors without audiences in theaters (including the National Theater and the Melico Salazar Popular Theater), churches, municipalities with their municipal council sessions, district councils, committee meetings, and other municipal meetings, as well as any other space closed for the development of virtual transmissions, with strict compliance with the preventive protocols and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and with the minimum required staff.

38.  Activities of agents dedicated to the sale of live animals (livestock auctions), with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

39.  Firing ranges, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

40.  National parks, according to the list published by MINAE, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

41.  Shops within the national and international terminals of the Juan Santamaría and Daniel Oduber International Airport, with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%).

42.  All those other establishments with a sanitary operating permit that do not provide attendance to the public in person.

B. May operate from Monday to Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and from Saturday to Sunday from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50 %):

1.  Restaurants (businesses with a Bar and Restaurant license will only be allowed to operate the restaurant area with the sale of alcoholic beverages).

2.  Sodas and coffee shops.

3.  Food courts.

4.  General stores.

5.  Department stores.

6.  Beauty Salons, Barbershops, and Esthetics, with appointment scheduling.

C. May operate from Monday to Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and from Saturday to Sunday from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with differentiated capacity:

1.  Drive-through, understood as the withdrawal of products remaining inside the vehicle.

2.  Take out restaurants.

3.  Adventure tourism, with mandatory use of a mask or face shield while putting on and taking off the safety equipment to carry out the activity, and respecting social bubbles.

4.  Individual sports, outdoors or indoors, without public, according to the list authorized by the Minister of Sports.

5.  Contact sports for the training of the highly competitive Men’s and Women’s National Teams; and competitions in the high performance or professional category, behind closed doors and without the public, according to the list authorized by the Minister of Sports.

6.  Contact Sports for individual training without contact or physical approach, according to the list authorized by the Minister of Sports.

The controlled reopening phase will be in force both in orange zones and yellow zones as of September 9.

The controlled opening phase governs establishments that have a sanitary operating permit that serve the public, from Monday to Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and from Saturday to Sunday from 5:00 a.m.: 00 hours and until 20:00 hours, respecting fifty percent (50%) of its maximum capacity.

The Ministry of Health establishes a series of activities that must be kept closed due to their very high-risk level, such as mass concentration events, bars, casinos, among others. Likewise, there is a list of establishments that can function but with a different capacity, such as places of worship, event halls, cinemas, and theaters.

List of establishments with a differentiated capacity

Due to the nature of the activity they carry out, the following list of establishments will have different capacity for social bubbles and physical distancing of 1.8 meters from Monday to Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Saturdays Sundays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

1. Drive-through, understood as the withdrawal of products remaining inside the vehicle.

2. Take out restaurants.

3. Cinemas and theaters with mandatory use of a mask or mask, with seating separation measures of at least 1.8 meters, respecting social bubbles and with a ticket office or electronic reservation.

4. Drive-in theater.

5. Activities, organizations or congregations in places of worship with mandatory use of a mask or mask, with a maximum occupancy capacity of 75 people, this number of people does not include the staff of the place (which must be the minimum), with measures distance of 1.8 meters respecting social bubbles.

6. Event rooms for business or academic activities with a maximum of 75 people (with seating separation measures of at least 1.8 meters, respecting social bubbles, and with lists of attendees with an identification number and contact number). The 75 people do not include the logistics staff of the event.

7. Event rooms for activities with a maximum of 30 people (with seating separation measures of at least 1.8 meters, respecting social bubbles, and with lists of attendees with an identification number and contact number). The 30 people do not include the logistics staff of the event.

8. Adventure tourism, with mandatory use of a mask or face shield while putting on and taking off the safety equipment to carry out the activity, and respecting social bubbles.

9. Beaches and lakes, from Monday to Sunday from 5:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with prior approval of protocols by the ICT with each municipality.

10. Individual sports, outdoors or indoors, without the public, according to the list authorized by the Minister of Sports.

11. Contact sports for the training of the highly competitive Men’s and Women’s National Teams; and competitions in the high performance or professional category, behind closed doors and without the public, according to the list authorized by the Minister of Sports.

12. Contact Sports for individual training without contact or physical approach, according to the list authorized by the Minister of Sports.

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