With ICUs Filling Up, Rio Mayor Allows Weddings and Shows in Rio

City has seen ICU bed occupancy growth in private and public networks in recent weeks

Rio de Janeiro

Although Rio de Janeiro has seen an increase in ICU the occupation rate in recent weeks, Mayor Marcelo Crivella (Republicans) decided to allow weddings, graduations, concert halls, live music performances, circuses, and other events starting this Thursday ( 1st).

The percentage of ICU beds occupied reached 86% 12 days ago in the city's public network, and today it is 79% (including the municipal, state, and federal networks). Considering only the municipal system, which makes the majority of calls, there were only 29 intensive vacancies this morning.

People walk at a popular shopping street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes - REUTERS

The private network level has already reached 90%, according to pediatrician Graccho Alvim, director of Aherj, the main association of hospitals in the state. "In the last 15 days, we have had more pressure. He started to hospitalize a lot more serious patients, and the vacancies for Covid are almost full in the city", he says.

According to the new rules released by Crivella, parties and ceremonies of various types may be held in an open and closed space, including live music. But the maximum occupancy is one-third of the capacity, and venues cannot have a dance floor, self-service, or "object sharing."

The relaxation of rules does not include nightclubs, samba circles, and samba school courts, but it does include children's party houses, even with public school classes still banned. On the other hand, the concert halls should have a scheduled place, ticket sales over the internet, and 50% capacity limitation.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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