the House of Restaurants and Allied Products (Cacore) of Costa Rica asked its affiliates to respect sanitary measures imposed by the government, with the aim of avoid more business closures. For the sector, these types of situations would lead to more unemployment and affect the economy.
âWe strongly urge all of our affiliates, entrepreneurs in general in the food and beverage industry, and citizens, to comply with COVID-19 protocols,â Cacore said. The Chamber also stressed that operating protocols in bars, restaurants and associated businesses across the country will be strengthened. It is expected that all will comply with the measures 100% âfor the socio-economic well-being and health of the whole countryâ.
From May 13, they will apply new measures for the commercial sector, which has yet to recover from the shutdown that occurred during the shutdown week between May 3 and 9. The provisions imply a reduction in capacity as follows:
– Bars: increase from 50% to 25% of their capacity
– Academic and commercial activities: capacity is reduced from 300 to 150 people
– Social event rooms: the maximum capacity will be increased from 75 to 30 people
The measures will apply at least until May 31. In this way, it is expected to reduce the number of positive cases of COVID-19 as well as a reduction in hospitalizations.
âWe all know what trade closures and restrictions mean, the social and economic impact that could have, including mental health; For this reason, under the shared management model âCosta Rica works and takes care of itselfâ, we must all do the same to avoid contracting the COVID-19 virus, âCacore stressed.
Among the golden rules indicated by the Chamber for establishments include the correct use of the face mask, hand washing, respect of distance, cleaning and permanent hygiene in the premises as well as the availability of water, alcohol and soap for customers.
Avoid more closures
Previous closure arrangements have led to a growth in the number of unemployed citizens; and the occupancy rate still does not recover beforepandemic levels. In the latest continuous employment survey, an increase in unemployment was reflected in the first quarter of this year when the rate was set at 18.7%, which corresponds to 458,000 people without work.
In contrast, health authorities reported on Monday that there were 5,992 new cases between May 8 and May 10, while 1,280 patients remain hospitalized for health complications from the virus.