Tourists from Europe, the United States, and Canada are reactivating the economy of some regions of Panama and Costa Rica.
Central America will dismiss the year 2021 without major COVID-19 restrictions, although health authorities have asked the population to maintain biosecurity measures and avoid crowds.
COVID-19 vaccination is advancing in the region, with Costa Rica and Panama leading the way, with 90 percent and 81 percent of the population with the complete scheme, respectively.
Without large mass events and with some capacity restrictions, Costa Ricans will celebrate the end of the year with family or friends. In Panama, authorities canceled public events that some communities in the interior of the country had planned, especially after the detection of several Omicron cases. Nevertheless, tourist reactivation is notorious.
"Hotel reservations for the end of the year celebrations are at 100 percent and around 4 planes are arriving per day, with visitors from Europe, the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica, mainly," the Panamanian newspaper outlet Critica reported, referring to the situation in Boca del Toro province.
�� 9.1 billion COVID vaccine doses have been administered— Our World in Data (@OurWorldInData) December 30, 2021
�� 58% of world population with at least 1 dose
�� Total doses per 100 people
High-income countries: 166
Upper-middle income: 166
Lower-middle income: 84
Low income: 11
Our data on vaccinations: https://t.co/3imP7P9jsN pic.twitter.com/DbBOgMpLVs
Honduras will close 2021 amid the jubilation for the election of Xiomara Castro as the country's new president, and the threat that the pandemic will worsen due to the inevitable arrival of the omicron variant.
While Guatemala does not have restrictions against COVID-19, the sale of alcohol has been prohibited between 2 and 6 in the morning. The authorities do not rule out a new COVID-19 wave in January, especially after the appearance of the Omicron variant.
Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, no public health restrictions have been applied in Nicaragua, a situation that has not changed for the holidays. In El Salvador, the festivities will be lived without restrictions due to the pandemic, since they were lifted by Congress.
With a record 2842 Covid 19 deaths in the last 24 hours in Brazil, anger is mounting over the news that the US government pressured President Bolsonaro against purchasing the Sputnik V vaccine. My report for From the South. @telesurenglish pic.twitter.com/NWDiHSkzBj— BrianMier (@BrianMteleSUR) March 16, 2021