A summary of what Costa Rica is doing to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. By Christopher Howard.
The Best Place to be in the world before, during and after COVID-19
By Christopher Howard
While COVID is devastating New York, California, and Washington State in the U.S. (425,000 cases and 700 deaths) and the rest of the orbe (425,000 cases and 19,000 deaths), Costa Rica is taking a whole series of extreme measures to stop this invisible enemy.
1. A restriction of vehicles between 10pm and 5am. Anyone who does not comply will be fined. The only exception are trucks delivering food and other necessary supplies.
2. All beaches and public parks will be closed until further notice.
3. All churches will be also closed, despite Easter Week being around the corner. This goes for all denominations.
4. No large gatherings like entertainment venues or soccer games will be permitted.
5. The closure all borders to tourists. American Airlines just announced that they will not be flying here.
6. The closing of all bars, casinos and nightclubs.
7. Foreign residents who defy this ban will lose their residency as a result.
8. In conjunction with these measures, banks and supermarket have special restricted hours for senior citizens, who are the most vulnerable.
That said, the U.S. is in a complete state of chaos trying to care for the ill and get medical supplies to its hospitals. Wartime measures have even been enacted to cope with this dire situation. Once again, the old adage proves to be true, especially when referring to the current pandemic and ensuing economic downturn, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” Indeed, small is better which is another advantage of living in a country like this.
I must commend the Costa Rican government for taking the appropriate action to stem this horrible scourge. Yes, we have been encouraged to practice social distancing and stay indoors, but I feel blessed to be living here and not in the countries like the U.S. that have been so adversely affected. I only venture out of my home to walk for an hour and stock up on groceries.