Filter for Costa Rica Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-13 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The authorities of the MEIC, MIDEPLAN, COMEX and Coordination with the Private Sector released in detail the exception list in the supply chain for essential productive activities in the orange alert cantons.
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2020-07-13 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Executive Branch presented this afternoon to the Legislative Assembly a draft of the extraordinary 2020 budget, with a reduction in spending of ¢ 327,974 million and with the incorporation of more than ¢ 139 billion for the attention of the national emergency generated by COVID-19.
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2020-07-13 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Orange alert: Total vehicle restriction applied for five days, from Monday 13 to Friday 17 July, to all cantons on orange alert, both inside and outside the GAM.
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2020-07-13 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Orange alert: Total closure of establishments are applied for five days, from Monday 13 to Friday 17 July, to all cantons on orange alert, both inside and outside the GAM.
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2020-07-13 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
On weekends (Saturday 11 and Sunday 12, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July) a vehicle restriction will apply throughout the country from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm for access to establishments authorized by the Ministry of Health according to the type of yellow or orange alert.
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2020-07-09 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
"Expansion" plan will allow to grow up to 159 ICU beds and 134 moderately managed beds.
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2020-07-09 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Rural Development Institute (Inder) announced this Thursday an investment of ¢ 563 million in the acquisition of equipment, supplies and tools that will be destined for 722 families of small agricultural producers affected by Covid-19, in order that can reactivate their production.
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2020-07-09 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
the payment of the second month of the Bonus and began with the deposit of the third payment for the first beneficiaries. 180 thousand people have benefited from opening bank accounts.
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2020-07-08 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
National Seed Office launches a campaign in the midst of the pandemic seeking the recovery of rural economies.
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2020-07-08 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
The return to educational attendance is postponed until September, subject to the epidemiological situation.
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2020-07-08 In Public health measures: Mass population testing
A total of 1,850 people are the target of the massive random testing that the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) will be carrying out, in the canton of Alajuelita from this Monday to July 8
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2020-07-04 In Public health measures: General recommendations
the misting of chemical products for disinfection in low-risk spaces, such as public roads, is not recommended.
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2020-07-04 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
This technological platform for telemedicine will allow to provide clinical guides to Costa Ricans in other countries. Those interested should go to the consulate in their country to request inclusion in the program
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2020-07-04 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
The Ministry of Health, the 9-1-1 Emergency System and the College of Professionals in Psychology of Costa Rica execute a joint project to provide psychological support to people affected by changes in the environment due to the national emergency by COVID -19.
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2020-07-03 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
The entire country will have a nighttime vehicle restriction from Monday to Sunday from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am, with the exception of the border areas, which will be from 5:00 pm to 5:00 am.
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2020-07-03 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
extended the obligation of masks to assistants in supermarkets and stores throughout the country.
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2020-07-03 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Orange alert: Farmer’s fairs may operate with strict protocols, and a differentiated strip for older adults from 5:00 am to 8:30 am.
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2020-07-03 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Orange alert: The commercial activity will be able to work from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm
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2020-07-03 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Yellow alert: From Monday to Sunday: They continue in phase 3 of reopening from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm, with authorization for the operation of places of worship of maximum 75 people, beaches from 5:00 am to 9:30 am
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2020-07-03 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Yellow alert: From Monday to Sunday: They continue in phase 3 of reopening from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm, with authorization for 50% hotels and restaurants, shops, museums, cinemas and theaters on weekends.
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2020-07-03 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The restriction of access to navigation of the following rivers is maintained, from Monday to Sunday from 5:00 pm to 5:00 am: Medium Cheese, Cold, Canalization System of the North Caribbean (Tortuguero Channels), Colorado, Sarapiquí and Saint Charles.
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2020-07-03 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Public institutions must continue with the basic operating plan and with teleworking measures.
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2020-07-03 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Orange alert: The hotels will be able to operate from Monday to Sunday with a capacity of 50%.
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2020-07-03 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Orange alert: The establishments restaurants, beauty salons, shops, cinemas, theaters and museums, places of worship, public parks, bars and events of mass concentration.
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2020-07-03 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Yellow alert: From Monday to Sunday: They continue in phase 3 of reopening from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm, with authorization for 50% hotels and restaurants, shops, museums, cinemas and theaters on weekends.
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2020-07-01 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Sectoral Protocol for the prevention of COVID-19 in the sports and recreation sector, approved by the Minister of Sport,
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2020-06-27 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
MAG approved the guidelines aimed at coffee pickers, producers and extension workers. Representatives participated in the construction of the guidelines
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2020-06-27 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Minister of Environment and Energy called on citizens to search for recyclable mask options and to use them
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2020-06-27 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
the use of face masks is compulsory for certain services or shops. The legal instruction will be published this week to take effect on Saturday. In this line, from June 27 the use of a mask or mask is instructed as follows: For all people who serve the public. In the case of a restaurant, it must be a mask due to the elevated position of the person taking the order. For the general public when using: paid transportation of people, cinemas, theaters, churches, banks and restaurants while they are not consuming.
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2020-06-26 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Juan Santamaría International Airport and Daniel Oduber of Liberia may open on August 1 for passenger flights.
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2020-06-26 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Yellow Zone: Weekend operation of shops (50% capacity), cinemas, theaters and museums at 50% (prior purchase and separation of 1.8 meters).
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2020-06-26 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Yellow Zone: The operation of places of worship is authorized with a maximum of 75 people and a distance of 1.8 meters, according to the approved protocols.
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2020-06-26 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Yellow Zone: Access to the beaches can be done from Monday to Sunday from 5:00 am to 9:30 am, using social bubbles.
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2020-06-26 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Yellow Zone: Access to the beaches can be done from Monday to Sunday from 5:00 am to 9:30 am, using social bubbles.
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2020-06-26 Out Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Cantons in the yellow zone, with some exceptions, may advance to phase 3 from midnight onwards today. The canton of Curridabat is excluded from this provision; the districts of the canton of San José: La Uruca, La Merced, Hospital, Hatillo, Mata Redonda, Catedral, Zapote, San Francisco de Dos Ríos and San Sebastián.
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2020-06-26 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Juan Santamaría International Airport and Daniel Oduber of Liberia may open on August 1 for passenger flights.
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2020-06-25 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Banco Popular provides new facilities and support measures for clients
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2020-06-25 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
At the request of President Carlos Alvarado, the Board of Directors of the CCSS agreed to maintain the reduction of the minimum tax base for another month. Measure will contribute to coping with the effects of the COVID-19 emergency on companies and the workforce.
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2020-06-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Special subsidy aimed at 23,700 households "headed" by women, with dependents, elderly or disabled adults, that were not covered by other State programs.
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2020-06-22 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Indigenous experts will contribute to their own short term and long term recovery plans. The plan will be developed within three months with the accompaniment of the communities and the support of the Government and the United Nations.
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2020-06-22 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Most of the country, which is on yellow alert, returns to the measures that were in force last week: Phase II. The cantons and districts of the border zone and those in orange alert will maintain a differentiated vehicle restriction. Those on orange alert will maintain a stricter regulation of establishments than the rest of the country.
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2020-06-22 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
interinstitutional operation "Safe Borders" that is carried out in the northern area.
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2020-06-20 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Shops, services and beaches reopen with specific schedules and protocols starting this Saturday, June 20.
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2020-06-20 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Bars, mass gatherings and public shows, discotheques, casinos, random activities such as shifts and community fairs, among others, will remain closed.
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2020-06-20 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Public institutions will continue to work with the basic operating plan, teleworking measures, cumulative hours and staggered hours.
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2020-06-18 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Measures such as suspension of contracts and reduction of working hours have protected the employment of approximately 200 thousand people
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2020-06-16 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Extension of the amber alert for Pococí, Peñas Blancas (San Ramón), Los Chiles (Los Chiles), La Fortuna (San Carlos), Upala and Paquera (Puntarenas), until the 24th of June.
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2020-06-16 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The districts of Cañas and Bebedero in the canton of Cañas, and Las Juntas in the canton of Abangares will go on yellow alert.
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2020-06-11 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Health intervention plan and protocoles for the agricultural sector
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2020-06-08 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
La Fortuna District in San Carlos and the cantons of Pococí and Upala join the orange alert list.
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2020-06-03 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Extended driving restrictions (from 5pm to 5am) will enter into force in northern parts of the country (in the areas of La Cruz, Guatuso, Upala, Los Chiles and Rio Cuarto, as well as districts of San Carlos, Guacimo, Pococi, Sarapiqui y Siquirres).
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2020-06-03 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Opening of the beaches during the week between 5 am and 8 am (forbidden outside these hours); In public places, groups of 2 to 4 people must be at least 1.80 m apart; Public squares are open to transit at 50% of their capacity; Conference or event lounges can only function for a maximum of 30 people.
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2020-06-03 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Opening of national parks, by reservation, at 50% of their capacity ; Opening of museums, contactless art academies, restaurants, cafés and catering areas, hotels and accommodation from Monday to Friday, by reservation, at 50% of their capacity.
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2020-06-03 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Special tourist transport is allowed with restrictions and special measures established by the Public Transport Council.
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2020-05-29 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Public Security Minister, Michael Soto, announced that Costa Rica would extend border closures through Tuesday, June 30. Exceptions will be made for medical or humanitarian reasons, diplomatic staff, and food supply.
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2020-05-18 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Supply transporters are being tested for Covid-19 at borders.
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2020-05-16 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Some national parks will be allowed to open with 50% of their capacity, weekday beaches will open from 5:00 am to 8:00 am, recreational sports without direct physical contact are allowed.
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2020-05-16 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Reopening of premises with health permits such as restaurants, shops, malls, theaters and cinemas from Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.. Hotels with a maximum of 20 rooms will be allowed to reopen at 50% of their capacity; motels are allowed to reopen.
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2020-05-16 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Daytime vehicle restriction extended to 10 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
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2020-05-15 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Extension of border closure until the 15th of June. Exceptions will be made for medical or humanitarian reasons, diplomatic staff, and food supply. Costa Rican citizens and legal residents are still allowed to enter; however, anyone who enters the country will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Foreign nationals who entered the country after December 17, 2019, are permitted to remain in the country until Friday, July 17. Citizens, legal residents, and tourists are still permitted to leave the country. Foreign nationals who left the country after March 24 will not be permitted to re-enter until further notice.
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2020-05-13 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Epidemiological surveillance applied to identify SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater.
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2020-05-12 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Recommendation to wear face masks in public transports.
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2020-05-01 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
In parralel with the reopening of a limited number of activities, all sector of society must ensure that several rules are respected (ex. activity is limited to 50% of maximum capacity, work place should not be shared, frequent disinfection of facility...)
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2020-05-01 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Extension of the domestic travel restrictions and vehicule ban until 15th of May.
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2020-05-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Cinemas, non-contact sports halls, gyms and swimming schools may open during the week under certain conditions.
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2020-04-23 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Awareness campaign targetted at children, in the form of a child book.
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2020-04-20 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Extension of border closure for foreigners until the 15th of May.
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2020-04-15 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Plan of economic support for the agricultural sector.
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2020-04-13 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Essential private services with a permit must function at 50%, and only from 5am to 7pm. Essential public services to function at 20%, and home-office to be encouraged.
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2020-04-13 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Public transport open from 4am to 11pm, Taxis available 24/7.
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2020-04-13 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Costa Rica installs air base on border with Nicaragua to reinforce coronavirus surveillance
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2020-04-13 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Extension of the vehicule ban until 30th of April. During the week, vehicules can circulate rom 5am to 7pm depending on their plate number. No circulation is permitted from 7pm to 5am and during week ends.
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2020-04-09 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Economic support for workers affected by covid-19.
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2020-04-08 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
From 8th to 12th of april, all transports, except essential (for food or medicine), are forbidden. All public transports are suspended. Essential travels are limited depending on plate numbers.
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2020-04-03 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Extension of vehicule ban: from 3rd to 7th of april, from 5pm to 5am during the night. Alternate circulation based on plate number during the day.
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2020-04-03 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Long distance public transports (<75km) limited to the minimum (2 round-trips per day) from 3rd to 7th of april.
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2020-03-30 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All flights from and to Europe are suspended.
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2020-03-27 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Extension of vehicule ban: from 10pm to 5am on week-days and from 8pm to 5am on friday, saturday and Sunday.
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2020-03-24 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Any legal resident who left Costa Rica on or after 24 March, would automatically lose their current legal migratory status. This would also preclude their re-entry until 12 April
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Restrictions on the use of vehicles, except those deemed to be essential workers, official vehicles or diplomats between 10pm and 5am. Fines of 22,000 will be imposed on those violating this order.
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2020-03-18 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Until at least 12th of april. Residents can enter but will be subject to 14 days quarantine. This restriction applies to land, sea, and air arrivals
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Increase capacity for realising COVID-19 tests.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
All public and private education centres are closed.
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Anyone arriving in Costa Rica from another country must self-quarantine for 14 days.
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2020-03-16 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
National state of emergency
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2020-03-15 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Bars, restaurants and clubs closed.
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2020-03-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Various economic measures to support workers and aliviate the economic impact of the crisis.
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2020-03-14 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Visitors from China, MAY BE subjected to quarantine
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