São Paulo to tighten isolation measures amid rise in cases

The São Paulo state government will enforce stricter Covid-19 isolation measures throughout the state as of today, with the official announcement set to be made this afternoon.

An increase in coronavirus cases has led the state to revert to the so-called “Yellow Phase” of its reopening plan, meaning that several commercial establishments will once again operate with reduced hours and capacity. Six of the state’s 17 regions (including state capital São Paulo) are currently in the “Green Phase” — the final step before complete reopening.

The government was criticized for not reassessing its reopening plan in the middle of November, with pundits claiming Governor João Doria was reluctant to bring back restrictive measures while his ally, São Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas, was running for re-election. Now, one day after Mr. Covas won the mayoral vote, the state is set to deploy stricter isolation rules.