São Paulo Samba Schools Consider Wearing Protective Mask in Costumes

City hall will define sanitary measures on Carnival parades next week

São Paulo

São Paulo City Hall will reveal its health recommendations for the realization of the Sambódromo do Anhembi Carnival early next week.

Samba schools are anxiously waiting for the recommendations. They are already incorporating protective masks into their costumes.

For now, both city hall and samba schools have ruled out the cancellation of the event because of the Covid pandemic.

In addition to the use of a mask, some points that have already been aligned and should be adopted are the reduction from 2,000 to 1,500 revelers per school and the requirement for proof of vaccination. Schools will also likely not be judged on their harmony because with the mouths of the members covered, it would be impossible to assess the corner.

The vice president of Rosas de Ouro, Osmar Costa, says that all schools are open to adaptations. He says he is considering the use of transparent masks for the revelers of the floats and other, customized ones, for the other wings.

"We want to put our art on the street and we also want everyone alive. The important thing is to deliver this Carnival. It's no longer possible to postpone," he said.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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