The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The government of Costa Rica reported that public employees will be allowed to watch the football matches against Italy and England in the World Cup in Brazil in their offices and workplaces.

Through a guideline, the Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis indicated that from 10:00 to 12:00 local time on June 20 and 24, public employees have the opportunity to watch the games, as long as it does not hamper the delivery of basic services.

The guidelines released today by the President, mentions that the participation of the Costa Rican soccer team in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil “is a sporting event of national interest.”

Considering the guideline, Education Minister Sonia Marta Mora gave instructions through Circular DM-022-06-2014 which authorizes schools to organize to watch or listen to, within their facilities, the games of the National Team as part of the educational process and coexistence between students and teachers.

The paper makes an exception for officials in public hospitals, clinics, officials from the Juan Santamaria International Airport and the traffic police.

Last Saturday Costa Rica defeated Uruguay 3-1 in the first round of Group D, which is considered by many as “death”.

Costa Ricans, seen by the international press as the ‘Cinderella’ of the group, will face Italy on June 20 in Recife, and closes the group stage on 24 June with England in Belo Horizonte.

This is the fourth World Cup the Ticos are attending after participating in Italia ’90, Korea-Japan 2002 and Germany 2006.

Costa Rica seeks to reach the achievement made in Italia ’90 when it advanced the second round for the first time.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica