The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes (PSD), announced last Tuesday night (4) the cancellation of the street Carnival in the city due to the covid-19 pandemic, the omicron and of the numerous cases of infection by the flu virus in recent weeks.
The decision was taken after a meeting with representatives of the blocks, which was attended by Rita Fernandes, president of Sebastiana, the Independent Association of Street Carnival Blocks in the South, Santa Teresa and São Sebastião City Center of Rio de Janeiro.
The City Hall informed, however, that the parades of the samba schools in Sapucaí and dances in closed places are maintained. According to Eduardo Paes, in these places it is possible to establish protocols and control people’s access.
The mayor stated that he even proposed to the representatives of blocks some events during the month of February in closed places, such as the Olympic Park, in Barra da Tijuca, in the west side of the city, and Madureira Park, in the north side, but the proposal it was not well accepted due to the relationship of the blocks with their neighborhoods.
Read too: “Brazil is experiencing a flu scenario predicted for the fall of 2022”, says vice president of SBIm
The president of Sebastiana told the press, at the end of the meeting, that the decision was taken not only by the covid pandemic, but also by the advance of flu cases. She ruled out the possibility of mid-year block events.
Also yesterday, the city halls of Niterói and Maricá announced that they had canceled their street carnival schedules. The municipality of Maricá still has no record of the omicron variant, but he informed that the epidemiological bulletins of the State of Rio alerted the municipalities to the arrival of the new strain of coronavirus. The mayor of Niterói canceled not only the street carnival, but also events that would be held in closed clubs.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Eduardo Miranda