The mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes announced today (29) that the city will hold a year of events to mark the reopening that is planned with the advance of vaccination against covid-19. In the schedule, the mayor anticipated that he will hold the “largest New Year’s Eve of the city’s history” and will also support the samba schools for the parade in Marquês de Sapucaí.
If the projections are confirmed, both the New Year and Carnival should take place when the use of masks is no longer mandatory in most parts of the city, which is scheduled to take place on November 15th.
“Nothing is more antagonistic, nothing is more adversarial, more different from Rio than the coronavirus. This is a city of meeting, hugging, celebrating,” said Paes. “Our desire is that Rio is the city in the whole world that best celebrates this moment of re-encounter of humanity, of civilization, with itself”.
The mayor highlighted that, despite the reopening horizon, the pandemic is not over and still requires the population to maintain preventive measures, such as the use of masks, social distance and hand and respiratory hygiene. In addition, the resumption depends on the Cariocas continue to be vaccinated, since the plan announced today provides for minimum vaccine percentages to advance in each of the three stages.
According to the plan, if 80% of Cariocas have taken the first dose on November 15 and 75% have received the second dose, it will be possible to free the population from social distancing and the use of masks, which will become mandatory only on public transport and in health facilities.
The calendar of events that will mark the reopening will start on September 2, with a festival that will have cultural, artistic and gastronomic activities in open spaces. The event will have an optional point on September 3rd and will last until September 5th. The presentation of DJs on the waterfront, soccer championships and outdoor sports activities are also planned.
Other events will be announced in the future, making up an annual calendar that will be concluded on September 2, 2022, when Paes will propose the creation of a new municipal holiday, the Day of Reunion. Paes took advantage of the announcement to make a public request to Rock in Rio organizers to try to hold the festival, scheduled for next year, including that date.
“There is no greater gift for this city than celebrating the anniversary of one year of reunion, with the reunion holiday and the opening of Rock in Rio”.
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