Brasília rolls back reopening amid second wave fears

Brasília coronavirus
Military officials disinfect the Brasília Cathedral. Photo: Marcello Casal Jr/ABr

Ibaneis Rocha, the governor of Brazil’s Federal District, issued a decree ordering all bars and restaurants in his constituency — which encompasses capital city Brasília — to close at 11 pm at the latest.

The rule change comes as cities and states around the country have experienced increased rates of new coronavirus cases and deaths. Yesterday, Brazil’s most populous state São Paulo rolled back its reopening plan in all 17 regions, tightening rules on non-essential services.

In Brasília, Ibaneis Rocha declared that his government would focus on increasing coronavirus awareness actions as a bid to combat the potential second wave. However, if this were to fail, the Federal District would “adopt some restrictive measures, which will be necessary regarding bars, where we have seen large crowds.”

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