The City Hall of Rio de Janeiro will block the entire beachfront on New Year's eve, expanding the restriction that had already been announced for the traditional New Year's Eve celebration on Copacabana beach.
During an interview, permeated with alerts regarding the dangers of the second wave of Covid-19, Alexandre Cardeman, chief executive of COR (Rio Operations Center), listed actions that the government will take to prevent people from crowding on the beaches around the city.
If authorities had estimated that nearly three million people gathered to watch the fireworks display in Copacabana on New Year's Eve 2020, 2021 will have a clear sky. Fireworks are banned from midnight this Wednesday (30th) until 7 am on Friday (1st), including shows promoted by the hotel chain, according to Cardeman. The veto extends to private parties on the boardwalk and on the sand.
Rio's CET (Traffic Engineering Company) will regulate the blocking of the city streets for those who are not local residents.
Translated by Cassy Dias