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COSTA RICA: NEW GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS TO ABIDE BY FOR THE REOPENING OF OFFICES AND COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY

May, 2020

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce, together with representatives of the private and public sectors, have developed national guidelines for the surveillance of the Coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV) and specific protocols with prevention and mitigation measures to allow the reactivation and continuity of workplaces, activities and services, as established by the President of the Republic Carlos Alvarado for the gradual reopening of economic activities in the Country.

In accordance with Executive Decree No. 42317-MTSS-S, employers in the exercise of their duties must:

  • Comply with the legal provisions, regulations and other dispositions indicated in the protocols and sanitary measures established by the Ministry of Health, the Executive Power and other public authorities, to be abided by in workplaces during the sanitary emergency of COVID-19.
  • Inform their employees about the content of protocols established by public authorities for workplaces during the COVID-19 health emergency.
  • Maintain the workplace in the safety and security conditions established in the protocols by the public authorities.

When scheduling the reopening of their offices and establishments, it is essential that all employers create a Contingency Plan based on the Guidelines and provisions indicated above, to ensure compliance with the measures regarding the protection of the rights of workers, data privacy and occupational health, among others.

Arias has created a multidisciplinary team to accompany its clients in the preparation of the Contingency Plan and the determination of the applicable legal framework, based on the specific activity of each company, with the aim of providing comprehensive solutions from the labor, occupational and health, and data protection perspective, among others. For questions and advice, do not hesitate to contact our specialized team at Carolina.Soto@ariaslaw.com Cristina.Guerrini@ariaslaw.com and Vivian.gazel@ariaslaw.com.


Carolina Soto
Partner


Cristina Guerrini
Associate

Vivian Gazel
Associate

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