They prohibit drinking alcohol on the street after 9 at night. The state government seeks to avoid crowds in bars and beaches.
The nightlife of Rio de Janeiro, which seemed to have returned to the normality that it lived before the coronavirus pandemic reached Brazil, suffered a new setback this Friday after the prohibition that people can drink alcoholic beverages on the street in the nights.
The crowds of people drinking beer, caipirinha and other cocktails in front of the bars of the “cidade maravilhosa” at night led the authorities to prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages in the street after 9 at night.
The measure, adopted by the interim governor of Rio de Janeiro, Claudio Castro – the head, Wilson Witzel, was suspended in August as part of an investigation for corruption – was published this Friday in the Official Gazette.
The decision had the support of the mayor of the Rio de Janeiro capital, Marcelo Crivella, who had already announced the return of restrictions on bars, restaurants and beaches due to the crowds registered in recent weeks.
The decision represents a blow to Rio’s bars and restaurants who obtain their highest income from the sale of alcoholic beverages that people tend to drink in the streets, and who were just beginning to recover from the ravages left by the months of social confinement.
According to the Rio Bars and Restaurants Union, the closure of establishments in the sector for nearly a hundred days due to quarantine led to the bankruptcy of a thousand businesses and left 27,500 workers with formal contracts unemployed (a quarter of the total).
Since the beginning of July, when the number of deaths and infections from Covid-19 began to decrease, the “Cidade Maravilhosa” allowed the reopening of restaurants, bars and gyms as part of an accelerated de-escalation of the measures adopted to stop the coronavirus.
At the beginning, the reactivation took place with reduced hours and using only half of their attention span, tables two meters apart and cleaning of all surfaces every two hours and a ban on live music.
Two weeks later, the opening hours were extended until 1 a.m. local time, but the rest of the measures continue, which implies that the number of attendees at these types of shops will be severely reduced.
The measure adopted this Friday also includes restrictions on Rio’s iconic beaches such as those of Ipanema and Copacabana, which have registered a multitude of visitors in recent weekends, most of which are dedicated to sunbathing without the suggested distances and without masks.
Thus, during Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, private vehicles may not be parked near the beaches and there will be more control to avoid crowds and encourage the use of chinstraps.
Rio de Janeiro exceeds 230,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and is the second region in Brazil with the highest number of deaths from COVID-19, with about 17,000 deaths, of which more than 10,000 have been registered in the “wonderful city.”