In a major turn, Rio de Janeiro has declared that it will not reopen its beaches until there is a COVID-19 vaccine. The declaration was made by Rio’s Mayor Marcelo Crivella through a press conference, where he said that none of the popular shorelines in the city will publicly reopen until there is a vaccine accessible to the public.
Previously this month, Rio had reopened all its beaches for the public. All the water sports were made accessible, but people were seen breaching the rules. A lot of beach goers were spotted without face masks, and were not following social distancing rules, which is not appropriate in the existing situation.
The Mayor also said that starting this weekend, there will be penalties for people breaking the rules. He said, “Where you can’t use masks, the inclination is to only return [to the beaches] when there is a vaccine, which is being tested, or when contamination is close to zero. On the beach, you don’t use a mask and the level of infection goes up.”
From the past few days, Brazil has been lifting restrictions slowly. Even bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen. Though, people failed to follow the COVID-19 safety measures and police were called numerous times at various establishments.
Given the condition, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made it vital to wear a facemask even in closed spaces with big groups, such as churches and schools. Though the country has shut down its borders for international tourists, the numbers of COVID-19 positive is growing at an alarming rate in Brazil.
As of now, Brazil is the second worst-hit country in the world after the USA with COVID-19. Till date, more than 2.45 million people in the country have registered positive for Coronavirus, while 87748 have lost their lives to the virus.