20 March 2020 – Costa Rica closes all National Parks

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Environment, Finance/Economy, Tourism
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Gatherings, businesses, and services
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: The Ministry of Environment

Overview: Closing of National Parks and Protected Wilderness Areas. The Ministry of Environment and the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) announce the closure of all Protected Wilderness Areas and National Parks of the country for tourist visitation until April 30.
Full details here: https://www.presidencia.go.cr/comunicados/2020/03/minae-cierra-todos-los-parques-nacionales-y-areas-silvestres-protegidas/?fbclid=IwAR07ggWCIM7ZjGqjdcuoUa9vMlzpDN_IKA5OMtHYLHq1UAL24aLcV51aGaA

Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat, Matching international efforts
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: The decision is made after a monitoring was carried out in which it was found that a decrease in visitation is not expected in the coming days. “This provision is intended to protect both the health of officials and tourists,” said Deputy Minister of Environment Pamela Castillo.