With the current pandemic, COVID-19 aka Coronavirus, we understand that our customer travel plans may need to change and we are helping out with that.
We think that Prados Del Sol is an ideal place to visit during the current situation, as well as during the seasonal flu outbreak, much safer than being in a crowded hotel or just being in a city like San Jose, but we’ll come back to that later.
If you have, or make, a reservation with Alpha’s Prados del Sol units during the pandemic, we will be flexible on allowing changes.
- Follow all rules by Costa Rica government officials (this is a changing target.)
- Follow all recommendations by WHO.
- Stay away from other guests and staff unless they invite you first, and even then, we recommend keeping distance (currently 2-3 metres, 6 to 10' is officially recommended.)
- Be sure to take all perishables when you leave.
- The municipalities ordered the closure of the beaches as preventative measures against the COVID-19 outbreak.
- If you had a coupon that expired or you cancelled with a 3rd party discount, contact us and we will honor the price for booking in the future.
Are you sick?
If you, or any of your family members are sick with ANY flu like symptoms, we make the follow requests:
- Stay at home until (current WHO recommendations) 14 days after the start of symptoms. We will be as flexible as possible at letting you book later with no penalty for rebooking (no rebooking fee.)
- Stay at home until 7 days after the end of symptoms (whichever is later.) We will be as flexible as possible at letting you book later with no penalty for rebooking (no rebooking fee.)
- If you are already at Alpha’s Prados del Sol when you or a family member starts to have symptoms, Please ‘self isolate’, do not use the pool, if you have any symptoms of illness regardless of whether they are respiratory or otherwise. This is a general ‘courtesy’, not just related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Alpha’s Prados Del Sol has LOTS of wonderful, isolated beaches starting just minutes away which are wonderful for spending hours at, including several – as close as 5 minutes away, with awesome sunsets (be sure to stay at least 45 minutes for the ‘afterglow’)
- The new ‘social distance’ rules. If you are sick and choose or cannot leave, we request you follow the ‘social distance’ rules, currently – stay 2 metres (6’) away from other people and wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing – to protect other people from your germs.
Instructions given to PDS HOA staff and Alpha's PDS staff:
- Lock the public washroom at the pool.
- Remove pool chairs from pool area.
- Regularly disinfect tables, benches and shower handle.
- Regularly disinfect gate key and lock boxes.
- Wait two days after the tenants have left to clean the rooms. Ask the tenants to remove any perishables when they leave. Use disinfectant on all commonly touched surfaces.
- Avoid any unprotected contact with tenants and their possessions.
- Use gloves when handling garbage, keys and personal items from tenants.
- Do not enter the condominium unless it is an emergency.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- If you feel any symptoms of Covid19 do not report to work.
- Don’t touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover you mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or crease of you elbow when you sneeze or cough.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Do not share food, drink, utensils.
- Stay in open spaces as much as possible
- Stay at least 2 meters away from people that you are not sure may have the virus.
- Avoid shaking hands or touching and other personal forms of greeting.
- Stop all non-emergency repairs until the middle of April (re-evaluate closer to that date)
- Stop all planned upgrades (kind of like repairs) until middle of April
Where emergency means: Danger to other people or long term damage to the property if not fixed immediately.
We have NO know emergency repairs at this time – and really, we do not see any realistic chance of one being needed.
Are you concerned that travelling to Alpha’s Prados del Sol will put you at greater risk than home?
While we provide our opinion below, we think we are safer coming to Alpha’s Prados del Sol than staying at home, we are not in any way imposing our opinion on you. During the pandemic, if you booked before it was declared a pandemic and want to postpone your booking to some later specified or unspecified date, we will let you do that with no penalty. Bookings will be on a first come first serve basis and may have some blocked dates like school break, Christmas and Easter, but other than that, we will be as flexible as possible to let you come when you feel safe.
Indeed, even if you book TODAY and then decide the risk has increased (you decide that not us) and want to postpone your booking we will do that with one condition: Let us know at least 7 days in advance.
Why do we think Alpha’s Prados del Sol is still one of the best places to visit during the pandemic?
Alpha’s Prados del Sol’s president and his wife came and visited for 10 days in early March from their home abroad while flight restrictions were in place for many countries and Italy had ‘shut down’ (there were no flight restrictions that applied to them – they did not ignore the advice or rules). They visited not only ‘without worry’, but enjoying the beaches, family atmosphere and feeling safer here than even at home in Canada, and they are planning on coming back in a couple months for an extended visit (unless travel rules prohibit.) On their return to Canada (as this is being written) they have a 93 year old friend who had a stroke the day before they left for Costa Rica, out of ‘an abundance of caution’ they have only communicated with their friend via email and will continue to do so until they have been back for 14 days with no symptoms. Update: Their 14 days are over and they are both perfectly healthy.
People who tend to visit Alpha’s Prados del Sol will not be forced into crowded places, like ‘the bar scene’ in Tamarindo, unless they choose to drive 20 minutes or more because they want to.
In normal hotels and in ‘party’ towns like Jaco and Tamarindo, you really have no option but to be in close proximity with other people unless you hibernate in your hotel room – and even there, you have to get to and from your room. We are NOT saying that these are dangerous, but what we are saying is that if you want to have a great vacation without any worry that you are increasing your exposure compared to ‘home’, then Alpha’s Prados del Sol units are the absolute ideal place in the world to visit.
Indeed, if you live (or plan to visit) San Jose or any city in North America, based on all the info from the WHO and other government sources like the US and Canadian governments, we would boldly suggest that visiting Alpha’s Prados del Sol should statistically lower your risk of infection quite significantly.
There are many other activities that you can drive to in your own car around.
Depending on your level of concern, there are many other activities that, while putting you in contact with a few people, will allow you to enjoy without being in contact with a large number of people. Obviously you should decide the risk yourself and read the current advisories, and if you fit into the current risk categories (Elderly and already sick as of writing) you should heed the health warnings.
But as far as Alpha’s Prados del Sol’s president and his wife, they feel perfectly safe participating in events outdoors in the beautiful countryside. Given the high degree of self isolation, they actually feel safer coming to Alpha’s Prados del Sol now then during the ‘normal’ flu season, since even most people with minor seasonal flu symptoms are self isolating, reducing the risk to below that of the normal.
In addition, to ensure that good decisions are being made, we have let Alpha's staff know that they will not lose income if they decide due to illness to not work for a period of time.
Our president, Peter, has O- blood. for decades he has given blood every 56 days unless he is ineligible (once because of sickness, several times due to travel). He encourages all staff, customers and friends - and you, the reader of this page, to start giving blood if you can, and then, after this crisis is over - continue to give blood as often as you are allowed based on your countries' rules and whether you are male or female. (Males can give more often). If you have O- blood please make this one of your most important duties in life.