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Costa Rica reaches a national vaccination rate of 9.78 per 100 inhabitants

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reported on Tuesday night that the vaccination teams have applied a total of 504,930 doses against covid-19 throughout the country. Up to April 6, of the total injections applied, 291,368 are first doses, while 213,562 people...

Ruta 27 will be ‘reversible’ on Saturday and Sunday

QCOSTARICA - The Ruta 27 that connects San José with Puerto Caldera will have traffic flowing towards San Jose from the Pozon to Cuidad Colon interchanges, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm this Saturday, April 3, and Sunday, April 4. The measure seeks to expedite...

Pfizer has delivered 25% of the covid-19 vaccines purchased by the country

QCOSTARICA - Including the latest batch of vaccines against covid-19 landed this Tuesday night, March 30, at the Juan Santamaría airport, with a total of 73,710 doses, the country reaches an accumulated 750,165 Pfizer vaccines, that is 25% of the original purchase. According to data...

75,000 vaccinations this coming week seems a lot

RICO's COVID DIGEST - On Friday, after a lot of backlash from the public and the country's legislators, President Carlos Alvarado personally announced that the vaccination program will continue during Semana Santa (Easter Week). The decision was made after strong criticism, particularly from legislators who...

Vehicular Restrictions for Semana Santa and April

QCOSTARICA - The sanitary vehicle restrictions for Semana Santa (Easter Week) that unofficially began this Friday afternoon and continues to Sunday, April 4, continue the same as for March. To recap, The countrywide restrictions from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am continue in...

Health minister Daniel Salas asks people not to go “loco” during Semana Santa

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, in one of his rare television appearances of late, took the opportunity during the weekly press conference from Casa Presidencial, to for responsibility and asked people not to go "loco" during Semana Santa to prevent...

Tourism entrepreneurs should coddle local tourists, not scare them away

EDITORIAL - The Central Government has mandated its civil servants holidays for Semana Santa, shutting down, save for essential service, at the close of business on Friday, March 27 and re-opening, Monday morning, April 5. The shutdown will not cost the government an extra colon...

Mandatory vacations for civil servants to encourage national tourism

QCOSTARICA - The Governing Council accepted a request from the Minister of Tourism and for mandatory vacations for all Central Government officials during Semana Santa (Easter Week) with the purpose of contributing to the reactivation of the tourism sector and the chains associated with...

Will there be new sanitary restrictions for Semana Santa (Easter)?

QCOSTARICA - For now, it appears unlikely that the government sees it necessary to tighten the sanitary measures for Semana Santa (Easter Week) from March 29 to April 4. In recent weeks, there has been an improvement seen in the number of new daily infections...

Government rules out, for now, toughening sanitary measures for Semana Santa

QCOSTARICA - This Semana Santa, if the number of daily new cases continues on its current trend, we will not see the harsh sanitary restrictions of last year. At least that is the word for now from the government of Carlos Alvarado, as they do...

Electric Vehicles Must Respect Vehicular Restrictions; Bicycles Exempt

Despite the fact that 100% electric cars are exempt from the vehicle restrictions of San Jose, they ARE NOT exempt from the new restrictions due to the Coronavirus. The Semana Santa and nocturnal restrictions after will also apply to these zero-emission vehicles. Starting today, Friday, April...

Stores Will Close Starting At 5 Today

Doubts about which retail stores, commercial centers, and businesses may remain open, their hours and mode of operation and who may circulate the roads next week, have generated a lot of anxiety among the population, as authorities clamp down in its strategy to stop...

List of what should not close from April 3 to 12 due to a covid-19 prevention measure

The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, on Wednesday night, signed the resolution that dictates which establishments with health permits are exempt from closing, from April 3 to 12 to avoid contagion of covid-19 in the country. “It is resolved to order the temporary closure of...

Covid-19 In Costa Rica: Government tightens measures against contagion for Semana Santa; Confirmed now 375

In the Wednesday afternoon covid-19 briefing, President Carlos Alvarado, before passing over to the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, announced a series of strict measures that will be applied for the Semana Santa, starting with this weekend. The President was emphatic that the measures...

Semana Santa In Costa Rica: Politics, Religion and Futbol

Semana Santa (Easter Week) this year brings together the three passions of most Costa Ricans: Politics, Religion and Fútbol. From Sunday (yesterday) to Sunday next, as the saying goes (in Spanish), "se le juntará el ganado" (all the cows come home). Politics This year the presidential...

Notes For Semana Santa 2018

While the majority of public institutions and state agencies are closed this coming week, Semana Santa (Holy Week), the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE) - elections tribunal - will be open all week, including the statutory holidays of Thursday and Friday, to allow Costa...

Workers of The Central Government Have The Entire Semana Santa Week Off

During the next Semana Santa (Holy Week) civil servants of the central government, autonomous, semi-autonomous institutions and State public enterprises will be off on vacations on March 26, 27 and 28 added to the compulsory holidays of Good  Thursday and Good Friday, March 29...

Semana Santa in Costa Rica

If your travel plans include spending Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Costa Rica, there are some things you should be aware of. In Costa Rica and the rest of Latin America, Easter is not just Easter Sunday, April 1 this year, rather a week...

Costa Rica, A Visit This Month Means Big Surf and Less Rain

In March, the peak dry season in Costa Rica offers travelers bigger surf, better chances to spot wildlife as trees drop their leaves, and sparse rain—particularly in the more arid province of Guanacaste, in the country's north Pacific. The large, northwestern area surrounding the city...

Semana Santa Is Over…The Clean Up Never Happens.

Semana Santa is over. This Crhoy.com cartoon shows what the country's beaches look like this morning. In the caption, the sloth says "after their vacations the story is the same...". How true!

Holy Days of Film! Movies Not To Miss On Semana Santa

COSTA RICA EXTRA - It's Samana Santa and that means ¡Días santos de película! (Holy Days Of film), when Costa Rica's national television broadcast include the "not to be missed" movies about Easter. The Easter movie lineup is a tradition in the country, that includes...

Supermarket Chains Ready With Discounts For Semana Santa Shopping

Q COSTA RICA - Supermarket chains in Costa Rica are ready for Semana Santa, stocking their aisles and gondolas (shelves) with a wide assortment of seasonal products in order to meet the needs of their customers during Easter week. Although Semana Santa officially (shopping wise)...

San Jose With No Vehicular Restrictions For Semana Santa

Q COSTA RICA – The vehicular restrictions of San Jose will be suspended for Semana Santa (Easter Week). The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will not be monitoring license plate restrictions from Monday, April 10 to Friday, April 14 says the director of the...

Quema de Juda (Judas Night): Scandals and Scoundrels

Q COSTA RICA – Judas Night (Quema de Judas in Spanish) is the night before Easter. For some it means a relief from the restrictions imposed by forty days of Lent and the joy of Resurrection Sunday. For some it is a night of fun...

4 Municapalities To Apply ‘Dry Law’ at Easter

Q COSTA RICA - Semana Santa or Easter Week is around the corner and so are some local officials ready to keep their communities 'dry'. At least four municipalities - Belen and San Isidro, in Heredia; Leon Cortes, in San Jose and the Cartago centre...

Semana Santa (Holy Week) Turns San José into a Ghost Town

QCOSTARICA by Michael Miller - International visitors to Costa Rica are sometimes taken aback at how Costa Ricans deal with Semana Santa or Holy Week. This is the week from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. In the U. S. the week is hardly noticed,...

Semana Santa in Costa Rica 2015

QCOSTARICA - Semana Santa in Costa Rica is a time for family and religious celebrations, or vacation at the beach or mountains. For many Costa Ricans, Semana Santa is a time to gt together with family and friends. The Catholic Church organizes traditional masses and...

15 Deaths In First 48 Hrs of Semana Santa

QCOSTARICA -  In the first 48 hours of Semana Santa, 15 people were killed in our country and other 21 are in hospital in delicate condition. According to the Costa Rican Red Cross (Cruz Roja Costarricense)  at 10:00 am Monday morning, the death toll in...

President Solís Will Vacation Semana Santa In The U.S.

QCOSTARICA - Claiming the "need to rest", President Luis Guillermo Solís said he will be taking off the week of Semana Santa, travelling with his family, out of the country. Solís said he has not taken a family vacation for over three years, busy with...

More Than Half of Municipalities Will Allow Liquor Sales During Easter

QCOSTARICA - 46 of the 81 cantons so far have said they will allow the sale ofl liquor during Semana Santa. By contrast, 26 municipalities made the decision to apply the prohibition in their cantons. The Executive Director of the Unión Nacional de Gobiernos Locales,...

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