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Open bars and closed schools: Brazil and Argentina go six months without classes

Over half a year since schools were closed in Brazil and Argentina, there is no sign of a return to in-person classes any time soon

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School in Buenos Aires. Photo: Dave Ova/Shutterstock

Six months after schools were closed due to Covid-19 isolation measures around South America, the continent’s two largest economies have yet to resume in-person classes, bar some sporadic experiments.

In the last three months, major cities in Brazil and Argentina have gradually resumed activities that may cause public gatherings. Bars in Buenos Aires reopened in early September, while shopping malls in São Paulo have been operating since as early as July — albeit with strict security protocols. In Rio de Janeiro, beaches have been busy since August, where mask use has been low. The city’s idyllic sands were packed...

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