At least ten Brazilian capitals decided not to hold a New Year’s Eve party this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey carried out by CNN confirmed that Campo Grande, Fortaleza, Macapá, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, São Luís, João Pessoa, Palmas, Curitiba and Teresina chose not to hold events to celebrate the turn of 2021 to 2022.
The city of Curitiba, capital of Paraná, told the CNN who will not have a New Year’s Eve party this year, however, emphasized that the city no longer had the tradition of celebrating the date with large events.
The capital of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, will only hold fireworks, without an event on Avenida Beira-Mar, to avoid crowding.
Aracaju, Porto Velho, Belém, Cuiabá, Vitória, Rio Branco, Recife and Vitória informed that it is not yet defined whether or not there will be a New Year’s Eve party.
The city halls of Rio Branco and Brasília have not confirmed the information about the New Year until the end of this report.
Rio de Janeiro confirmed this Monday (29) that it will keep the traditional fireworks display on the beach this year, at least for the time being. The decision was released after a meeting between the Scientific Committee, which guides the city of Rio de Janeiro on issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Municipal Health Department.
The capitals Manaus, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Maceió and Natal also informed that the New Year’s Eve party will be maintained this year.
TO CNN, the city halls that canceled the festivities this year said concern about the pandemic and the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus are the main reasons for the decision.
“In view of this scenario of uncertainty, of uncertainty, mainly because of what we are seeing in Europe, the increase in new cases, and especially now, with the arrival of a new variant. Faced with this scenario of insecurity, there is no way to carry out an event of this proportion. We understand that this is not the time to take risks right now”, said the mayor of Salvador, Bruno Reis (DEM).
The city of João Pessoal stated that “the decision was taken with the aim of avoiding agglomerations and the circulation of new variants of Covid-19, even with the advance of vaccination in the capital”.
“We took this initiative out of absolute prudence, responsibility and respect, as a priority, to the lives of our brothers from Ceará. I will not rest until we vaccinate the entire population of Ceará”, said the governor of Ceará, Camilo Santana, during a live broadcast on social networks.
“We have faced the pandemic with determination. Thus, given the emergence of the new variant of the coronavirus, I decided not to hold New Year’s Eve in São Luís. The moment asks us for prudence and responsibility. Our main mission is to take care of people”, said the mayor of São Luís, Eduardo Braide, through social networks.
Reference: CNN Brasil