Revelers who want to attend the main carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro will have to present their vaccination passport. The voucher will be required both at Marquês de Sapucaí and at Avenida Intendente Magalhães and at Terreirão do Samba. The measure was announced this Thursday (14) by the president of the Tourism Company of the Municipality of Rio (Riotur), André Duarte.
“The city hall of Rio was very careful about this issue of the pandemic. You can rest assured, because both in Intendente Magalhães, Terreirão do Samba and Sapucaí, we will require the vaccination certificate so that people can have access to the events”, said Duarte.
The president of Riotur said that the occupancy rate of the city’s hotel chain for the off-season carnival should reach 85%, according to data credited to the Brazilian Association of the Rio de Janeiro Hotel Industry (Abih-RJ). Also tourists, according to Duarte, must present a vaccination passport to stay in hotels in the city.
The official parades at Marquês de Sapucaí begin on Wednesday (20) and Thursday (21), with the Ouro Series, former Access Group, and continue on Friday (22) and Saturday (23), with schools from Grupo Especial, closing on Sunday (24), with the children’s parade. The parade of champions will be next Saturday (30).
The parades on Avenida Intendente Magalhães begin on Wednesday (20), with the Federation of Blocks, continue on Thursday (21), with the Evaluation Group, and with the Bronze Series on Friday (22). The following week, it will be the turn of the Silver Series, on Friday (29) and Saturday (30). On Sunday, May 1st, it will be the turn of Groups B and C. The Intendente Magalhães parades are free.
Although the larger groups, which normally draw tens of thousands of revelers, have already told the city that they will not parade this year, the smaller groups, organized by friends or residents of the neighborhoods, are likely to take to the streets.
The municipal secretary of Public Order, Brenno Carnevale, did not make it clear if the authorities will repress these small blocks, but indicated that people are free to frequent the city.
“People have no ban on being on the streets, on visiting the city. People are not prohibited from taking to the streets. The vaccine allowed us to have a parade, to have a city as close to normal as possible. We have a city monitored by public order, by the Municipal Guard, and people who are on the streets are completely free to be there. The traditional blocks are not going to parade, they have already committed themselves in this sense, they understood the little time we had to organize, together with them, the parades in the streets”, said Carnevale.
Translated to english by RJ983
From Brazil, by EBC News