City of Niterói to fine people for leaving home without a valid reason

Niterói beach. Photo: City Hall
Niterói beach. Photo: City Hall

In response to the rapid escalation in the Rio de Janeiro public health crisis, the municipality of Niterói — just across the Guanabara Bay from the city of Rio de Janeiro — is set to implement new, stricter lockdown measures from next week. 

The city will slap a BRL 180 fine on those wandering its streets without a valid reason. The new measures allow residents to leave home for five essential services: supermarkets, pharmacies, pet shops, gas stations, and bakeries. Residents are also permitted to visit a public healthcare unit. 

Niterói has registered 524 cases and 35 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.