Tomorrow begins the long vacation for many here

Tomorrow not only is a legal holiday, the Día de Juan Santamaría, but it also is the beginning of a 10-day break for many government workers.

The driver’s licensing offices will be closed starting tomorrow. President Laura Chinchilla has decreed the long vacation for much of the executive branch. Other branches of government are doing the same.

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros will close its main office for the duration, but many departments in the state insurance agency only will be closed tomorrow and April 17 and 18. The insurance agency’s medical and rehabilitation facilities will be open the entire time. Accident investigators will be on duty the entire time, too.

The Cruz Roja will be operating at full strength with 160 aid stations located strategically around the country for the benefit of vacationers. More than 1,000 Cruz Roja workers and volunteers will be on duty.

Naturally the traffic police will be at full strength. So will the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas.

Crew members will be patrolling off popular beaches.

From noon April 17, Holy Thursday, until 6 a.m. April 19, the day before Easter, toll booths will be closed on highways operated by the state.

More good news is that the restrictions on license plates for the metro area are being suspended for tomorrow through Easter, April 20.

The Barrio Otoya offices of A.M. Costa Rica will be closed tomorrow, but a Friday edition will appear.

The offices also will be closed all of Semana Santa, but the daily newspaper will be published each weekday except Good Friday, April 18. Telephones will be attended as usual, 24 hours a day.

The festivities tomorrow are in Alajuela, the home of Juan Santamaría, the hero of the Battle of Rivas in 1856.

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