José Medina, from the Covid-19 Contingency Center, explained that the decision was also adopted in European countries and the United States
The government of São Paulo announced, on Wednesday, 3, that the region will enter a more restrictive phase of isolation as of Saturday, the 6th, due to the increase in the numbers of the pandemic in the State, closing bars, restaurants and trade until at least the 19th of March. The measures, however, do not apply to soccer stadiums, which will continue to host matches for the Campeonato Paulista and other tournaments, such as the final of the Copa do Brasil, in the period.
In a press conference, Governor João Doria gave the floor to José Medina, from the Covid-19 Contingency Center, to explain that the decision not to interrupt the competitions also passes to keep the São Paulo population entertained. “Up to this moment, it will follow the same model that is being followed in Europe, where several countries have instituted the lockdown and maintained the sporting activity without an audience. We will maintain the same form, as is followed in Portugal, England, Spain and even the United States, where this type of activity was controlled and maintained. Especially because the population needs some kind of fun and entertainment in this very hard period ”, he said.
Thus, the Campeonato Paulista, which is in the second round, will have its schedule maintained. The same goes for the second final of the Copa do Brasil, between Palmeiras and Grêmio, scheduled for 6 pm (Brasília time) next Sunday, 7th, at Allianz Parque, in the capital of São Paulo.