By Rodrigo Viga Gaier
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The city of Rio de Janeiro should allow sunbathing on the city’s beaches in the coming days, but locals and tourists who want to enjoy the sands will have to respect a space demarcation and make reservations through an application for mobile, according to a model under study by the authorities.
Even with the ban on sunbathing during the pandemic to avoid crowds, tourists and locals have been crowding the city’s beaches, especially on weekends, disregarding the rules. To try to organize the space, the city began conversations with companies that can make an application for booking space on the sands viable, and the idea will be presented to the municipal scientific council responsible for the final word on the resumption of activities in the city.
“People will be able to occupy these demarcations by the time they arrive and also by booking in the application. The idea is that this way we can better organize what is not good today,” Mayor Marcelo Crivella told reporters on Monday.
Access to beaches in Rio has been made more flexible during the resumption of activities in the city during the Covid-19 pandemic. First, water sports were allowed, then sand exercises and then ball sports during the week.
In late July, the city government authorized the sea bathing and the presence of street vendors, but without selling alcoholic beverages.
The mayor even said last month that sunbathing on the sands of the beaches would only be released when a vaccine was available for Covid-19, which should only happen at the beginning of next year.
Also on Monday, the city of Rio published a decree authorizing business events in the city, such as seminars, congresses and lectures, as well as the operation of preparatory and language courses.
Despite having registered a drop in the number of new cases in recent weeks, Rio de Janeiro is still among the state capitals most affected by Covid-19 in Brazil, with more than 74 thousand cases and 8,612 deaths.