Trade that fails to comply with the rules is subject to a fine of up to R $ 290 thousand; passers-by in collective spaces can also be fined R $ 551 for not using facial protection
On Friday, 26, the new circulation rules defined by the government of the state of São Paulo began to take effect in view of the upsurge in the Covid-19 pandemic. During the night and the dawn of this Saturday, at least ten establishments were fined by the Sanitary Vigilance for non-compliance with the rules, according to the State Public Security Secretariat. The partial balance points out 32 sites in the capital inspected. Among the places assessed, emptied and closed are bars on the West side, such as Itaim Bibi and Pinheiros. In Pompéia, a cafeteria kept 38 people in the place after the allowed time, having been assessed, emptied and closed. In the same region, a hamburger shop and a bar that held about 20 people with closed doors were also assessed. The fieldwork also counts on the participation of Procon and municipal agents.
“Our actions are aimed, above all, at changing behavior and respecting sanitary norms for collective protection, and do not aim at punishment, although this can be accomplished if the law is breached. Those bars were open after the allowed hours and maintained the face-to-face service. We found agglomerations and dozens of people without masks, so we acted to prevent this type of situation from recurring ”, explains Cristina Megid, Director of the state Sanitary Surveillance Center. The circulation restriction applies to any non-essential activity and any agglomeration in collective spaces, such as commercial establishments, bars, clubs, restaurants, within the criteria already established by the São Paulo Plan. These private spaces are subject to inspections, guidelines and assessments by the Health Surveillance. In addition, police officers will make guiding blocks for citizens in different regions of the state.
Operation “Restriction Touch”
Throughout the state, the Military Police developed the Operation “Restriction Touch”, with the employment of more than 4 thousand police officers. The action resulted in the approach of 6,280 people, 4,214 vehicles inspected, of which 157 drivers were charged for alcohol consumption, refusal of the breathalyzer test and drunk driving. During inspections, agents recovered four stolen or stolen vehicles, seized two illegal firearms and 8 kilograms of drugs. At the same time, the “Operation Peace and Protection”, in order to avoid the installation of bumps. From January 1 to February 10, 2021, more than 600 actions were carried out, across the state, with 170 arrests, in addition to seizures of 22.3 kilograms drugs and six weapons.
The measure strengthens a work carried out since July 1, 2020, which already exceeds 197,300 inspections. There have also been 3,512 assessments, due to the finding of agglomerations and the presence of people without masks, that is, non-compliance with the operating guidelines of the São Paulo Plan and State Decree 64.959, which establishes the general and mandatory use of masks in the access spaces. open to the public.
In addition to the scheduled blitzes, inspections can also take place through complaints. The State Department of Health asks the population to collaborate in combating irregularities and provides two channels for complaints that can be registered at any time, 24 hours a day, by calling 0800 771 3541 or e-mail. [email protected]. Every approach is made with a focus on guidance and aims at individual and collective protection. Failure to comply with the rules subjects the establishments to assessments based on the Sanitary Code, which provides for a fine of up to R $ 290 thousand. For the lack of the use of a mask, which is mandatory, the fine is R $ 5,278 per establishment, per offender. Passers-by in collective spaces can also be fined R $ 551 for not using facial protection.