Five of the main tourist attractions in the city will reopen next Saturday, 15, after months closed due to the pandemic of covid-19. Corcovado, Pão de Açúcar, Paineiras, AquaRio and the Rio Star ferris wheel made the announcement on Wednesday morning, 12, in a collective statement, in which they pledged to maintain exceptional care to avoid contagion with the new coronavirus. The attractions had been authorized to operate since July, but they jointly opted to wait another month for security reasons.
Restricted opening hours, reduced number of visitors, mandatory use of masks, temperature measurement, 70% alcohol distribution and incentive to purchase tickets over the internet to avoid queues and crowds are some of the measures announced by the five attractions, which they jointly defined protocols.
“For the first time in the history of Rio de Janeiro, the attractions came together. First in the design of a security protocol permeated by all the attractions to bring greater health security to visitors ”, said Sandro Fernandes, CEO of Bondinho do Pão de Açúcar.
The Corcovado Train, for example, chose to operate with only 50% of the capacity of the trains, below the two thirds authorized by the municipality. The entire fleet will undergo frequent cleaning. The vans of the Paineiras Corcovado concessionaire will circulate with one third of the capacity and open windows. At Pão de Açúcar, the purchase of tickets over the internet will have a 10% discount. The cable cars will operate at two thirds of capacity.
In the Port Zone, Rio Star will have a limit of four people per gondola, instead of the eight that were allowed before the pandemic. Visitors will board exclusive cabins with their family and friends, and the window will be allowed to open.
“To ensure total security, our employees will wear, in addition to the mask, which is mandatory for all visitors, face protection”, said Fábio Bordin, executive director of FW Investimentos, which manages Rio Star.
AquaRio will have an exclusive entrance on the Olympic Boulevard, where visitors will find a sanitizing mat for their shoes. In addition, the elevators will only transport people with disabilities and reduced mobility.