Few people in the world know how to celebrate like the Cariocas. The carnival is a sample of that crazy and massive celebration that this year was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. That is why now the city of Rio de Janeiro will celebrate the end of traffic restrictions in September in its best way: with four days of street parties.
Between September 2 and 5 there will be “small events, free of charge and distributed throughout all the regions of the city, with options for culture, leisure, sport, gastronomy and children’s recreation“anticipated Mayor Eduardo Paes.
During those days, some streets will be closed to traffic, emblematic places will be specially illuminated and on the promenades there will be disc jockeys and local artists will perform.
There will also be gastronomic festivals and discounts on the prices of the museum tickets and monuments.
A football match will also be held at the Maracaná stadium in which the Renace Río Cup will be played and for which the public is expected to can occupy up to 50% of the capacity from the stands, according to the Sputnik news agency.
These activities will have the purpose of “celebrating the return of the cariocas to the streets“, they stressed from the mayor’s office.
The announcement on the removal of restrictions is planned in three phases: in early September outdoor activities can be held; since October, those who are fully vaccinated they will be able to enter discotheques, and from November, the chinstraps will be mandatory only in the public transport and health centers.
In order for this schedule to materialize, the authorities are counting on the fact that in September 77% of the adult population have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 45% is already fully protected (with two-dose or single-dose drugs).
“We know that Rio is going to work again; it is a plan that can go backwards, but the data indicates that we are living a better moment; not ideal yet, but better“Paes said at a press conference.
“There is little left to overcome this bad phase of our lives,” the mayor was enthusiastic, who confirmed the celebration of the end of the year parties on Copacabana beach and the Carnival in February.
Likewise, Paes stressed that the calendar of events that the mayor’s office will promote, under the slogan “Rio de nuevo”, will end on September 2, 2022, which will be designated as “reunion day“.
The numbers of the pandemic
They registered 1,318 deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours, with which the accumulated number of victims since the beginning of the health crisis reached 554,497, official sources reported this Thursday.
In the same period, the country reported 42,283 new infections from the coronavirus, which raised the total number of infected to 19,839,369, according to data released by the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass).
For several weeks, the pandemic has presented a clear downward trend in the South American giant, of about 210 million inhabitants, despite the fact that the figures remain at high levels and confirm it as the second country with the most deaths from covid-19 in absolute terms, behind only the United States.
According to Conass, the daily average of deaths in the last 7 days stood at 1,069 this Thursday, the lowest figure recorded in 5 months, while the average number of daily cases in the same period was 45,094, which represents a slight increase compared to last Thursday (37,313).
With information from Télam.