This Friday, 26, the State announced a return to the orange phase of the SP Plan against Covid-19, which changes the operation in bars, restaurants and shops as of Monday, 1
With the return of the Great São Paulo to the orange phase of SP Plan against Covid-19 announced on Friday, 26, a series of businesses are expected to change the opening hours in the capital and the surrounding cities as of Monday, 1. Before, commercial establishments could operate for 12 hours, having opening allowed after 6 am and mandatory closing until 10 pm. Everyone needed to fulfill the capacity of up to 40% and adopt safety protocols to prevent infections. Now, they will continue with a capacity of up to 40%, having the obligation to follow the security protocols, and will be able to operate for a period of 8 hours, with opening allowed at 6 am and mandatory closing before 8 pm.
The measure applies to the following commercial establishments: shopping malls, galleries and similar establishments; street businesses; third sector services; restaurants and snack bars; beauty salons and barber shops; sports academies and fitness centers (practical and individual classes only) and cultural events, conventions or activities without people standing and with distance in the entrance lines. In the case of retail merchandise merchants, such as convenience stores, the operation of the place may continue as it was in the yellow phase, but the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited after 8 pm. Restaurants and snack bars will only be able to serve seated customers and will not be able to provide bar service. Bars can provide snack service, providing only food and non-alcoholic drinks.
Also on Friday, the entire state should begin the restriction ring announced by the government last Wednesday. Until March 14, no non-essential services will be able to operate between 11 pm and 5 am in all municipalities in São Paulo. During this period, health surveillance, military police and municipal secretariat inspection teams should make rounds to avoid clandestine parties and agglomerations across the state. The measures were announced taking into account the number of ICU beds occupied, which is the largest since the beginning of the pandemic. While the state has 70.4% bed occupancy, Grande SP has 70.8%. According to data from the state Department of Health, more than 2 million contaminations and 58,500 deaths have been confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic.