Friday, 27 November 2020

Ministry of Health Shuts Down Puntarenas Festival

The Puntarenas festival is one of the largest annual events. Photo archives.
The Puntarenas festival is one of the largest annual events. Photo archives.

COSTA RICA NEWS – The Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) On Wednesday shut down the Puntarenas festival, saying it would take legal action against the organizers for failing to meet health and safety requirements.

The Fiestas de Puntarenas that started on February 6 was to have run until Sunday, February 15.

- Advertisement -

Health Minister, Maria Elena Lopez, explained that the festival had never received permits because the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (Ministry of Public Security or Police) did not approve the security plan for the carnival and fair grounds.

The minister said that notwithstanding, the event began and operated in non-compliance of the law, that organizers had been notified of the non-compliance, but went ahead with the party.

The minister stressed that the closure is temporary, that is, if organizers can comply with the requirements the order would be lifted and the party allowed to continue.

Ronny Muñoz, head of the ministry’s legal department explained that the case will now go to the Ministerio Publico (prosecutor).

- Advertisement -

For her part, the interim director of the Fuerza Publica, María Fullmen Salazar, said it is important to ensure the safety of the festival goers, stressing that the plan submitted by organizers called for a small number of private security guards to provide security for an expected 200.000 people at the annual event.

Comment: Each year and at different festivals being held around the country – the top three San Jose in December; Palmares in January; and Puntarenas in February – organizers enter into a battle with the Ministries of Health and Security over permits. Every year, it goes down to the wire, the last day and in some cases the morning of, before permits are issued. In the case of Puntarenas this year, incredible that the festival was allowed to continue for five days before authorities stepped in.

- Advertisement -
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

QPHOTOS - Playas del Coco is one of the oldest beach...

Canada’s largest city going on Covid lockdown

QTRAVEL - Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on Friday warned so-called...


Government dialogue concludes with many intentions and few concrete proposals 

Government dialogue concludes with many intentions and few concrete proposals

“We are already in a second waveof COVID-19 infections”

QCOSTARICA - The president of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Social Security-, Román Macaya, assured this Wednesday that the country is...

Aresep prepares a rate to allow households to pre-pay for electricity

QCOSTARICA - The Regulatory Authority of Public Services (Aresep) announced this Wednesday that it plans to introduce prepaid electricity applicable to the residential sector. With...

Protesters fail to block streets again: 11 arrested

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rican roads were once again interrupted by illegal roadblocks, the Ministry of Public Security (MSP) reported on Friday night. However, protesters failed...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: 895 new cases and 21 deaths for Tuesday, November 24

QCOSTARICA -  The director of Health reported Tuesday 895 new cases of Covid-19 in the country, bringing the total to 133,190: 64,650 women and 68,540...

Limonal and Cañas expansion six months behind schedule

QCOSTARICA - The 21 km extension, better yet, expansion, of the Interamericana Norte highway between Limonal and Cañas should be delivered, if no further...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.