The committee that brings together the national capitals of Carnival – Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte – held a meeting this Monday night (29) to discuss the possibility of holding carnival in these cities.
“The meeting had the objective of exchanging information on indicators, data and initiatives related to the fight against Covid-19 and building consensus that will help in the decision to carry out the carnival in Recife, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador and Belo Horizonte”, he informed the committee.
This is the first meeting organized by the cities that form one of the main Carnival routes in Brazil. At the meeting, the capitals presented data on the progress of vaccination, number of beds occupied or disabled, mortality, seasonality, among other aspects that should be considered, together, in search of consensus on future decisions about the realization of the carnival.
“The aspects discussed should be considered for the celebration of celebrations added to the recommendations of the health authorities”, informed the city of Recife.
Other technical meetings should take place in the coming weeks, according to information from the Recife city hall.
“Today it was possible to share information and exchange experiences in what each city has been doing to assess the possibility of having a carnival or not. It is necessary to design the indicators and possible scenarios. But the word that will guide any decision is caution”, said the secretary of Planning, Management and Digital Transformation of Recife, Felipe Matos.
New Year’s Eve canceled
This Monday morning (29), the city of Salvador announced that the Bahian capital will not hold this year the “Festival Virada Salvador”, an event that would be promoted for the New Year’s Eve party.
In an interview with CNN, Mayor Bruno Reis (DEM) said that the insecurity scenario is the main reason for the cancellation of the New Year’s festivities.
“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”, he explained.
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.
Reference: CNN Brasil