MOPT recommends to Health to reduce entry to event centers, not to close them

( Ministry of Health, does not accept the recommendation issued by the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) in the decision to close Parque Viva.

This is even when the health regulatory body, hiding behind the criteria of the Mass Concentration Technical Advisory Committee, to close the property’s sanitizing operating license.

Even when these criteria got to the Minister of Health, Joselyn Chacón, days after the health ministry closed the park located in La Guácima de Alajuela.

Through the “Technical Report ‘The Parque Viva Situation’ in Facing Mass Events”, the Minister of Public Works and Transportation, Luis Amador, He gave his recommendation on the “big dam” which Salud argued for the closure of the site.

Amador points out that the park has an industrial warehouse of 9 thousand square meters, which has estimated attractiveness of 6,593 vehicles, based on references from 3 similar events in the UK.

“Parque Viva has a capacity of 20,000 people and using an occupancy rate of 3 people per vehicle, we give us 6,667 vehicles per hour,” he said.

The hierarchy explains that estimates indicate that the road adjacent to the place, It has a maximum capacity of 800 vehicles per hour, for level E service, “because it is a road 4 to 6 meters wide in both directions of circulation.”

“Recommended maximum concentration of 2,400 people in a big event according to the current situation of access and roads, to ensure smooth access and exit to the site”, suggested Minister Amador.


However, despite these criteria, on July 8, the ministry notified companies that have for the temporary cancellation of the sanitation operation permit, which causes property closure.

“This decision responds to complaints and reports of problems caused by the massive dam generated by the major events that occurred in Parque Viva that directly affected this community, as well as the surrounding towns.

“The high vehicular traffic caused by these events is not in accordance with the needs and constitutional obligations of the Government to protect the life and integrity of the community, because it can hinder the attention of emergency situations such as fires, earthquakes, traffic accidents. , building collapses, criminal acts, health emergencies, which affect both the city and the scene itself,” said Salud.

Health orders will apply until the administrator presents the improvement plan which must be evaluated technically.

Health indicated that it is expected to accept this plan which “makes it possible to resolve this situation in a manner that is appropriate for the public health and business activities of Parque Viva.”

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