The city of Rio de Janeiro allowed the public to enter Maracanã, for the Copa America final between Brazil and Argentina, tomorrow (10), at 9 pm, but imposed a 10% occupancy limit per sector of the stadium.
Mayor Eduardo Paes said that if the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), the organizer of the competition, decides to use the entire stadium, which has a capacity for 65,000 people, it means that 6,500 people will be able to enter as long as they present a PCR test. of the last 48 hours to prove they are not with covid-19. In addition, they must maintain distance in chairs and use masks.
“If they [diretores da Conmebol] are going to use all sectors and the stadium holds 65,000 people, there will be 6,500. If they decide to use the most vip sector, which fits 5,000 people, there will only be 500 people, so 10% per sector. The decision is theirs, and from then on we will inspect and everyone will be properly tested”, he said during the presentation of the 27th Epidemiological Bulletin of the City of Rio.
The act of the municipal secretary of Health, Daniel Soranz, authorizing the presence was published in today’s edition of the Official Gazette of the municipality.
The secretary informed that the original request by Conmebol was to allow the entry of 50% of the public, which was considered inadequate given the permanence of the pandemic in the city.
Mayor Eduardo Paes recalled that for the final of the Copa Libertadores, on January 30, also at Maracanã, it was agreed that guests could have a presence of up to 5,000 people. “The other time we had released for 5,000, they took a sector of Maracanã and put everyone together. Now, 10% have been released in each sector. If there is a sector that fits 5,000 people, it may have 500 people,” he said.
The mayor said that authorization for the presence and public at the Copa America is still a kind of test event at a time when news about the drop in hospitalizations and cases of the disease are better for experiencing a transition. Paes guaranteed that he did not receive pressure from Conmebol. “I learned from the press that they had made a request. I consulted the Secretary of Health. They assessed it with the greatest freedom in the world, decided yesterday and informed me that they did not see a problem in releasing it. It’s an important event that pays more attention. The Copa America final will play Brazil and Argentina, but there was no pressure,” he said.
Paes stressed that the authorization is timely and that there is still no decision to release the public in other sporting events. The mayor admitted that there is a decree ready, which he even announced, releasing events in the city in the face of a series of demands, but he decided not to advance in this area yet.
“I think these rules are difficult to follow unless on very special occasions. let’s use this [Copa América] as a test event, but there is nothing changed in relation to what we had been announced about events. Let’s see how this goes,” he said.
The Superintendent of Health Surveillance of the Municipal Health Department, Márcio Garcia, informed that epidemiological and health surveillance teams have been following the Copa America from the preparation to the execution of the event. As per the security protocol, everyone who enters the gaming venues is tested. “There have been more than 8,500 PCR tests performed and of these only 45 the test was positive and this person was automatically excluded from the event. She cannot enter the work areas, especially the stadium”, he informed.
Garcia added that tests confirmed that no new variants had been brought to the capital. “It was also agreed in the protocol that these samples, part of them, go to genomic surveillance and we have identification of the P.1 variant, showing that there was no variant brought by the event. This is the scenario we currently have for surveillance of the Copa America event,” he explained.
The protection measures are still valid in the city of Rio de Janeiro until the 26th of July. Among them, the mandatory use of masks and social distancing.
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