Costa Rica begins phased approach to easing lockdown

  • Costa Rica has begun a gradual phasing out of lockdown restrictions after seeing a fall in active cases and a limited total number of deaths due to COVID-19. The start of May saw sports centres, cinemas, and hairdressers able to reopen, albeit with limited capacity and strict social distancing and hygiene measures in place. Authorities will monitor the impact of the first phase of reopening to determine whether restrictions should be further relaxed or tightened again. At the time of writing, the number of recoveries from the virus (428) is greater than the number of active cases (327) in Costa Rica.