Holy Week Vehicle Restriction & Curfew
This afternoon, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the President announced the following new restrictions aiming to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus:
1. Long-distance transportation services (buses) will be restricted to travel less than 75 kilometers.
2. Places with sanitary operation permits (restaurant, cafes, sodas) must remain closed. Home delivery services are allowed.
3. From Friday, April 3rd, 2020, until Tuesday, April 7th, 2020, the nighttime vehicle restriction will be applicable to the entire country from 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
4. From Saturday, April 4th, 2020, until Tuesday, April 7th, 2020, the vehicle restriction will be extended, based on the last digit of license plates (see the chart). It will start from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
5. From Wednesday, April 8th, 2020, until Sunday, April 12th, 2020 the restriction will apply to all vehicles and public transportation, with the following exceptions:
a. Visits the supermarket, grocery stores, or suppliers.
b. Visits to pharmacies and/or health care providers.
Please keep in mind that all these measures are being implemented in order to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19 on the Costa Rican population. It is commonplace for people to travel for vacation, or to visit family during Holy Week, hence the government is aiming to reduce the risk of contagion, and possible collapse of the Costa Rican public hospitals.
It is also expected that by the end of the week there will be a considerable increase in fines for violating the vehicle restriction. Currently, the fine is around ¢22,000 CRC and the proposed increase would be to around ¢100,000 CRC.