The government of São Paulo announced today that some state parks will return to work on weekends and also released the visit to cemeteries on the Day of the Dead, on November 2. The parks were already open to visitors from Monday to Friday, but remained closed on Saturdays and Sundays to avoid crowding because of the new coronavirus pandemic.
The park measure will take effect next weekend. Access by regulars to spaces will be limited to 60% of the occupancy, with access control. The mayor of the capital, Bruno Covas (PSDB) also announced today the reopening of municipal parks on Saturdays and Sundays.
“The secretary [de Infraestrutura e Meio Ambiente Marcos] Penido just passed. State parks reopen on weekends. In the municipality of São Paulo, the parks that reopen are Villa Lobos, Água Branca, Horto Florestal, Engenheiro Goulart Nucleus, Jacuí Piracicaba Nucleus, Jardim Helena, Youth Park, Guarapiranga and Belém. And we have others in the metropolitan region “, informed the São Paulo Economic Development Secretary, Patricia Ellen, during a press conference at Palácio dos Bandeirantes, the seat of the state government.
“It was a request from the secretary: to respect protocols for wearing away and wearing masks. I was able to witness the work in Ilhabela park, which demands a lot from professionals, but needs the population’s respect for the protocols”, added Patrícia.
The state parks that return to work in the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo and their respective schedules are as follows:
- Villa-Lobos Park: 5:30 am to 7 pm
- White Water Park: 6 am to 8 pm
- Forest Garden: 5h30 to 18h
- PET – Engineer Goulart Center: 8 am to 5 pm
- PET – Jacuí, Biacica and Jardim Helena Centers: 8 am to 5 pm
- Youth Park: 6am to 7pm
- Guarapiranga Park: 8 am to 5 pm
- Belém Park: 6am to 6pm
- Jequitibá Park: 8 am to 5 pm
- Baroness Ranch: 8am to 5pm
- Várzea do Embu-Guaçu Ecological Park: 8 am to 5 pm
- Gabriel Chucre Park: 6am to 6pm
The decision should be published in the Official Gazette tomorrow (27).
Cemeteries on holiday
The state government also announced the release of visitation to cemeteries on the All Souls’ holiday, which will be next Monday (2). Visitation must respect the covid-19 protocols, such as the mandatory use of masks and social distance. In the capital, for example, the suspension of visits came into force at the beginning of the pandemic, in mid-March.
The decision to release for the holiday was taken by the Coronavirus Contingency Center of São Paulo, which is formed by 20 doctors of different specialties.
According to Governor João Doria (PSDB), who made the announcement during the press conference, despite state approval, city halls have autonomy for the final say.
“The Contingency Center did not establish any limitation on the holiday, especially on Monday, but it recommends that they wear masks, avoid crowding and maintain social distance of five feet. And the final decision rests with each municipality,” said Doria.
The government also reported that the numbers of cases and deaths from coronavirus fell from the previous week. There was a 4% reduction in the number of cases and a 5% reduction in deaths.
The Doria management also announced that it will offer 240 thousand vacancies in professional qualification courses. “There are more than 30 thousand courses in the online and in-person format”, informed the governor. The vacancies were divided into two groups. “Qualifications are 100 thousand vacancies. Entrepreneurship is 140 thousand vacancies”, said Doria.
The toucan explained that the program has the support of six union centers and was developed in partnership with Sebrae (Brazilian Service of Support to Micro and Small Enterprises).
* With information from Estadão Content