São Paulo continues reopening process

São Paulo reopening
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The state government of São Paulo announced plans today to continue lifting restrictions on non-essential business — with commerce and services sectors allowed extended operating hours, from 6 am to 8 pm. 

The new rules will be enforced on May 1. Until then, shops can only open between 11 am and 7 pm.

A survey commissioned by the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) shows the extent of Brazil’s “pandemic fatigue.” The proportion of Brazilians who say businesses should be allowed to reopen has jumped significantly since mid-2020, regardless of the sector in question. The biggest leap came in relation to reopening schools, supported by 47 percent of people —  21 percentage points more than in June 2020.

We examined the survey’s findings in today’s edition of the Brazil Daily newsletter.