In Rio de Janeiro, on the evening of December 31, all beaches will be closed, and it will not be possible to drive up to the coast by car.
The decision was taken by the authorities due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic in order to prevent millions of people from gathering on the beaches and watching the traditional New Year’s fireworks.
The city hall invited the townspeople to celebrate the New Year at home. Violation of the ban on visiting beaches faces a fine of up to 15,000 reais ($ 2,800), France 24 reports.
From December 31, at 20:00, the entrance to the Copacabana area, where the beach of the same name is located, will be closed, and all public transport will stop going there.
Earlier it was reported that the administration of Rio de Janeiro decided to cancel all New Year’s events in the city.
Brazil ranks third in the world in terms of the number of coronavirus infections (7,506,890 cases), and second in mortality (191,641).
In Rio de Janeiro, over 15,000 people have died from this infection. The death rate in the metropolis is more than twice the national average.