The federal government published, this Wednesday (22), an ordinance that establishes health protection strategies at large events, such as concerts and festivals, such as allowing entry with water bottles for personal use and distribution of free water .
The measure was drawn up after the death of Ana Clara Benevides, at the American singer Taylor Swift’s concert, in Rio de Janeiro, last Friday (17). According to a medical report, Benevides had a hemorrhage in the lung and three cardiorespiratory arrests. She was rescued inside the Nilton Santos Stadium, Engenhão, and later taken to the Salgado Filho Municipal Hospital. Even after attempts to revive her, the young woman did not resist.
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On the day of the show, even with a temperature of 39.1°C and a thermal sensation of 59.3°C, spectators were prohibited from bringing water into the stadium by the show’s production company, T4F. More tests are still needed, however, to confirm that the heat was decisive for Benevides’ death.
Even so, the text of the ordinance considered the latter, citing Rio de Janeiro, “with records of multiple occurrences of tragic or harmful events with consumers as victims due to the high temperature, possible poor ventilation and hydration difficulties in a show produced by a company toilet”. In addition to the ban on entry with water, fans reported a lack of ventilation in the stadium.
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In this sense, the ordinance determined that companies responsible for producing events must guarantee free access to bottles of water for personal use, as well as provide drinking fountains or distribute free packages of water.
It also determines that points of sale for food and drinks and free water distribution are located in strategic regions in order to facilitate access by consumers. Finally, it establishes necessary facilities to ensure the rapid rescue of event participants, in case of complications.
Editing: Vivian Virissimo