The Public Security Ministry of Costa Rica said in a press release that it inspected 49 companies on Tuesday and Wednesday. It closed eight agriculture companies in the nation’s Northern Zone after inspections determined they were operating without the necessary health permits. A ninth business was closed for a month after being identified as a coronavirus hotspot; at least 29 known cases are related to the pineapple plantation in Los Chiles.
Seven companies were found violating Costa Rican labor laws, while 13 locations received sanitary orders related to non-compliance with coronavirus protocol. Twenty foreigners with an irregular migration status were transferred to immigration authorities, and hundreds of workers received temperature checks and other COVID-19 screenings.
“We will remain in the area in constant monitoring,” said Public Security Minister Michael Soto. “We call on farm owners and agricultural companies to respect the guidelines; otherwise we will take the corresponding actions.”
Earlier this month, Costa Rican authorities announced a “health intervention” for agricultural companies and food packers, especially near the border area with Nicaragua, which has become the focal point of a second pandemic wave in the country.