An Update from Villa Perezoso about COVID-19 in Costa Rica
March 31, 2020
Without question, we have entered into unchartered waters, and each of us is scrambling to address an ever-growing health crisis while also attending to our finances, our families, our personal life and attempting to evaluate what the future holds. While the latter is impossible, here at Villa Perezoso we are weathering the storm and making use of the time. We have taken proactive steps to join together with the local tourism industry to implement changes for when the time comes to once again welcome travelers to our tropical oasis. At Villa Perezoso, we have a dedicated team with whom we have implemented new cleaning and sanitation protocols, new guest service interaction rules and new protocols for the maintenance of all internal and external areas. As we move through this crisis, guest comfort and safety will continue to be our #1 priority.
According to the ICT, Costa Rica’s tourism board, over 3 million tourists visit our peaceful and beautiful country every year and 30% of the Costa Rican work force comes from tourism, with more than 80% of the tourism sector related to boutique establishments and family-owned businesses, like our very own Villa Perezoso. With numbers like these, it is easy to understand why tourism is the heart of our community and why the COVID-19 health crisis has affected everyone so severely.
As of March 18th, Costa Rica’s democratic government, made the decision to close its borders to in-coming tourists. This decision was difficult for our tourism-based country to swallow, but it was a decision that was fully supported by everyone, both business owners and local citizens alike, who know that this immediate sacrifice will produce future benefits. With the excellent leadership of our health minister, a doctor and a master in public health and epidemiology, in conjunction with the unified spirit of all Costa Ricans, who want nothing more than to be able to welcome back tourists, we have been on a stay-at-home call to action for 2 weeks now. To date we have just under 350 cases and no reported cases in our beloved Manuel Antonio. While we know the numbers are bound to change with time, we feel confident we are staying ahead of the curve and doing our best to keep the numbers low. Our entire community is working together for the future health and prosperity of our tourism-based businesses and for the health and safety of our families.
As we wait to turn the corner, we relish on the simple things; abounding nature, tropical fruits, warm weather, sunshine and most of all, family. When things calm down, and we know they will, we will be waiting with open doors at Villa Perezoso to welcome you back. With its rich nature and focus on tranquility, no doubt Costa Rica will offer a safe, private and much-needed escape.
From our family to yours, we wish you continued health and peace during this time.