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New way to enjoy Salvador

Everything you need to know to have fun following the health protocols

Novo Normal. Salvador Bahia. Foto Tércio Campelo.

After more than four months closed to prevent the proliferation of the new coronavirus, bars, restaurants, gyms, beauty salons and museums are returning to operation, in Salvador, on August 10th.
With the easing and the beginning of phase 3 of restarting activities in the capital of Bahia in a partial way, it is already possible to visit leisure spaces and make up for lost time – and the city, by the way, is still beautiful! Everything, of course, must be done with great care and following the protocols and determinations of public authorities.

This is the Activities Resumption Plan. Understand all the operation protocols in this link.

Hotels, bars, restaurants, cultural facilities and commerce, everyone is following the health protocols to receive visitors and residents again. With this in mind, the City of Salvador, through the Secretariat of Culture and Tourism (SECULT), is launching the campaign “Come, my love, take me out of loneliness”. To the sound of the Olodum Group, the film shows a happy city, where everyone is working together to resume activities consciously.

The goal is to show how the Bahian capital is adapting to this new normal. The film and the article with all the important information about the activities in Salvador will be published here on the website and on Instagram @visitsalvadordabahia. The film is produced by the Usina Digital agency, in partnership with the production company Mandinga.

In summary, on November 16, new measures to ease the functioning of spaces and activities began during the pandemic of the new coronavirus in Salvador. One of the news is the opening of beaches and municipal public parks on Saturdays. The operation of the Lacerda Elevator, dental and beauty clinics, social clubs, free courses and fitness centers were also expanded.

The restaurants, bars and snack bars will be allowed to offer the all-you-can-eat service. Dental and aesthetic clinics, as well as driving schools, may extend the opening hours, from Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 7 pm. Before, clinics were allowed to open on those same days, only from 9 am to 7 pm. In the case of driving schools, it was allowed to operate from 10 am to 7 pm.

Institutions offering free courses will also be able to extend opening hours, from Monday to Saturday, from 7 am to 10 pm (the previous rule determined opening and closing from 10 am to 10 pm).
Social, recreational and sports clubs will be able to expand the capacity of simultaneous attendance to 30% of the membership. In these places, bars and snack bars are now allowed to open on Saturdays.

In gyms, the maximum time of one hour per person will be revoked. However, these establishments must maintain the obligation of prior scheduling for the entry of frequenters.

With the resumption of activities, see the main rules and recommendations of leisure spaces in the capital of Bahia

Upon arrival at establishments that are not located in shopping centers or commercial centers, the temperature of employees, service providers and customers must be measured, and those with a result equal to or greater than 37.5 °C must be directed to adequate health monitoring.

Entrepreneurs from all sectors must follow the health and hygiene rules of the Municipal Program of Combating covid-19 for reopening. These recommendations for customers and entrepreneurs follow the guidelines of the Safe Travels seal. Created by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), this authentication establishes rules to be followed by companies, cities and countries to make travel safer while there is no effective treatment for covid-19. Salvador, in fact, was the first city in Brazil to receive the “Safe Travels” seal from the WTTC, the World Travel and Tourism Council.

The protocol was developed following the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), with the collaboration of several entities and more than 200 large companies related to the tourism sector. Businesses such as hotels, restaurants, airlines, tour operators, shops, transport and airports can obtain the seal if they prove compliance with WTTC rules.

The City Hall, through the Secretariat of Culture and Tourism (Secult), also created a seal to verify if establishments are strictly complying with security requirements. The “Selo Verificado!” guarantees sanitary certification for establishments and companies focused on the tourism sector, such as bars, restaurants, hotels, inns, agencies, among others. The plan is to ensure strict hygiene and cleaning protocols and, thus, prevent and control the spread of the new coronavirus and other infections.

The Selo Verificado! works as a decoy, an invitation for the customer to go to the establishment knowing that it complies with all safety rules. The seal also has WTTC verification. The idea is that at least 600 establishments, including shops, bars and restaurants have it.

With all these changes, there are new ways to have fun in the capital of Bahia. Thinking about it, we have set up a super guide with everything you need to know to enjoy Salvador in a conscious way. Lets go?

With the resumption of activities, see the main rules and recommendations of leisure spaces in the capital of Bahia

Beaches released with restrictions

As of September 21, the City has released some beaches in Salvador. Even so, they still have some weekday restrictions. On November 16, the beaches of Buracão, Paciência (both in Rio Vermelho) and Porto da Barra were reopened. They were closed for eight months due to restrictive actions to control the spread of Covid-19.

The Porto da Barra beach was reopened for bathers and other visitors on November 17th. Porto beach can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday, except on holidays, and without time restrictions. On holidays, all beaches in the capital of Bahia remain closed. Access to the Bahia Handicraft Center (Centro de Artesanato da Bahia) will be blocked and it will only be possible to reach the beach through Fort Santa Maria.

The beaches of São Tomé de Paripe, Tubarão, Ribeira, Amaralina and Itapuã are open from Tuesday to Saturday (except holidays), and the rest are open from Monday to Saturday, without time restrictions.
Specifically in Porto da Barra, the use of chairs and umbrellas is prohibited. Only the street vendors are permitted.

The Municipal Civil Guard (GCM) will monitor compliance with the protocol. The hours of presence in the beaches remain free. There will be no limit on the number of people, but the minimum distance of 1.5m between visitors should be respected, as well as the use of a mask (except when people are in the water).

“Specifically on Porto da Barra beach, as it has a very narrow stretch of sand and is one of the most demanded in the city, we will not allow the placement of umbrellas, tables, chairs and stools at that first moment. The others will be able to work, following the protocols and measures that have already been announced by the City Hall, with rules for the placement of this equipment, as well as the sale of products”, said the head of the municipal Executive.

Individual physical activities as well as in pairs are allowed, as long as the participants wear a mask during the practice. Activities that generate crowds, such as picnics and luaus, are prohibited. The use of materials such as umbrellas, parasols and the like, which was not allowed, is now allowed (except for Porto da Barra) and street commerce is also authorized.

Lacerda Elevator (Elevador Lacerda)

One of the postcards of the capital of Bahia, the Elevador Lacerda has its closing hours extended from Monday to Saturday to 10:00 pm. Before, the equipment was authorized to operate from Monday to Friday, from 7 am to 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays, from 8 am to 5 pm.

At the site, users count on temperature measurement, hand hygiene with 70% alcohol and organization of the queue with a distance of 1.5 meters between passengers. Access to the elevator is only allowed for people using masks.

There are also signs for distance between people and a physical barrier for the protection of elevator operators inside the cabins. The lift continues to operate at 30% of its capacity, that is, six people per cabin, and the fare remains R$ 0.15.

Snack bars, bars and restaurants

And you can also go to your favorite restaurant! The restaurants are allowed to offer the all-you-can-eat service. For à la carte services, choosing the dish from the menu, the physical menu must be digital or laminated, with cleaning after each use. The boards and menus on the wall are absolutely authorized.

If you’re a “full table” kind, take it easy. Remember that each table can only have up to 6 people. That is, you can’t call your friends at once. The best option is to arrange with specific groups. Everyone should wear masks, except when eating or drinking something. Take the opportunity to bring your own alcohol gel for extra safety and prefer to sit at tables outdoors – many of the places have already expanded the outdoor areas with this in mind.


The hotels in the capital of Bahia are also working and they are a leisure option for Soteropolitans and tourists. But, for everyone’s safety, the accommodation sector needs to comply with the rules of physical distance for rest areas, both for employees and customers.

Not everything will be as before. It may happen that the offer of services and amenities is suspended, such as the availability of coffee, armchairs, rest areas, etc.

The provision of equipment for washing hands with appropriate soap and disposable towels is also part of the municipal protocol of Combating covid-19.

Alcohol gel totems, preferably operated without hand contact, should also be available.

According to the Municipal Health Agencies, establishments in the sector must also follow several cleaning rules, such as removing bed linen and towels without shaking them, transporting them directly to the washing or transport location.

Operation of cultural equipment is expanded in the pandemic

One of the most important spaces for black culture in the city, Casa do Benin was reopened for visitation after about eight months closed due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus. Casa do Benin will operate, initially, from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm, and visits must be previously scheduled by calling (71) 3202-7890 or by e-mail: Capacity is limited to 20 people per hour, in compliance with current health protocols. The public can visit “Artes do Crer” until February 2021.

At the Bahia Nautical Museum, in the interior of Barra Lighthouse, which reopened on November 13, the population can check the collection of the cultural equipment managed by the Municipal Secretary of Culture and Tourism (Secult) that are already operating in Salvador.

The public can already visit “Casa do Carnaval”, in Pelourinho, “Casa do Rio Vermelho” – Jorge Amado and Zélia Gattai, in Rio Vermelho, and the “Carybé das Artes” and “Pierre Verger de Fotografia” spaces, both in Porto da Barra, in the forts of São Diogo and Santa Maria, respectively. The opening hours of these four museums, which are open since the end of September, are from 10am to 4pm.

To have access to these cultural spaces, Soteropolitans and other visitors must pay attention to the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In general, the rules are to keep the distance of 1.5 meters, both in line and inside museums; respect the maximum stay time of one hour; do not have food and drinks inside the places; use the mask; and have the temperature checked before entering. To avoid crowds, group visits and guided tours are suspended.

Casa do Carnaval has a maximum capacity of 30 people. The Pierre Verger and Carybé das Artes spaces have a maximum capacity of 12 people. And Casa do Rio Vermelho can simultaneously receive 21 people. The rules can be checked on each museum’s Instagram page. The equipment managed by the Gregório de Mattos Foundation (FGM), such as the “Espaço Cultural da Barroquinha”, “Teatro Gregório de Mattos”, the “Boca de Brasa do Subúrbio 360” and “CEU Valéria” spaces remain temporarily closed.

Cinemas, theaters and convention centers

The City Hall has already authorized the reopening of theaters, cinemas, concert halls, event and convention centers, in yet another stage of phase three of the resumption of activities.
Big screen – Theaters must follow a reopening sectoral protocol, as in the case of other activities. Opening hours will be from Monday to Sunday, from 12pm to 11pm. Ticket sales should preferably be digital. The purchase of two neighboring seats will be allowed in the same procedure. There should be a minimum distance of two seats between those that can be used. Seats that cannot be used must be physically insulated with tapes, straps or other means.

The display of 3D films using specific glasses is prohibited. The maximum capacity will be 100 regulars limited to measures of distance from the seats. Masks are mandatory at all times, including sessions. The screening rooms must be thoroughly cleaned before the start of each session. Food and drinks can only be consumed inside the rooms. More information on this link.

Stage – Theaters and concert halls will have free opening hours and days. Ticket sales should preferably be digital. The purchase of two neighboring seats is allowed in the same procedure. There must be a minimum distance of two seats between those that can be used. Seats that cannot be used must be physically insulated with tapes, strips or other means.

It is necessary to have an interval of one hour between the sessions for cleaning the room and the maximum number of visitors will be 100 per show (with capacity still limited to the distance of the chairs). The use of masks is mandatory at all times (except for the artists, during the presentations, as long as the minimum distance of five meters from the public is respected), as well as the temperature measurement at the entrance. Visits to dressing rooms before and after the shows are prohibited.

Virtual programming – Even if authorized to reopen doors, theaters and concert halls will still take time to resume activities in person once we are still in the phase of adaptation to the prevention protocols for the new coronavirus established by the City Hall. Some spaces start, follow or intensify virtual programs until the resumption is as safe as possible.

The Castro Alves Theater (TCA), the largest cultural complex in the North-Northeast, located in Campo Grande, takes its first step in resuming the use of its stages with the reactivation of “Sala do Coro”. There, several artists will perform exclusive shows through live transmission on TCA’s YouTube channel, scheduled to premiere on the 25th. The action will take place weekly, every Friday, always at 8 pm, until December.

The structures managed by the Gregório de Mattos Foundation (FGM), like the Gregório de Mattos Theater, the Barroquinha Cultural Space and the Boca de Brasa spaces, are also preparing to receive the public again. Until that happens, the Foundation will continue promoting virtual agendas, such as Dialogues # ConexãoFGM, Palco Aberto, Cineclub and Boca de Brasa Presents.

Located in the neighborhood of Rio Vermelho, the Sesi theater is another structure that is adapting to reopen its doors. It is estimated that the place will be ready to receive the public in mid-October, but without a fixed schedule.

Other theaters such as Isba, in Ondina, and Módulo, in Pituba, are also planning measures for the return of on-site activities. In the case of Módulo, the space should expand the “Palco Virtual” project next month, receiving artists for live transmission of shows and musical presentations.

Events – Convention and event centers now have free opening hours and days. It is mandatory to organize the movement flow, to avoid intersections between people and agglomerations. The use of masks will be mandatory, including for presenters and speakers. Fairs and the like are prohibited.

The occupancy capacity is one person per six square meters, with a limit of 100 per event hall, always respecting the minimum distance of 1.5m between citizens. The temperature measurement must be made at the entrance. The accreditation of exhibitors, speakers and all other participants in conventions and events must be done in advance and virtually.

During the assembly and disassembly of the event structures, minimum distance and the use of masks and face shields by employees must be guaranteed.

Salvador Convention Center (CCS)

With eight events scheduled until December, the Salvador Convention Center (CCS), located on the edge of Boca do Rio, resumes activities based on the health protocols established by the City Hall. The schedule includes social events, congresses and lectures starting this month according to the schedule. The program continues with six more events in the months of November and December. Learn more at this link.

Until this new stage of phase three of resuming activities in the city, only the CCS drive-in has operated with the exhibition of films and shows, also following its own protocol defined by the municipality and supervised by the Municipal Secretariat for Development and Urbanism (Sedur).


Events using the drive-in system – in which people watch movies, plays and shows from their own cars – are among the safest entertainment options right now, according to infectologists.

In this new way of enjoying Salvador, vehicles are at least 1.5 meters away in the parking lot and there can be a maximum of four people per car – avoid going with people who don’t live in your house. Everyone should wear masks on arrival and departure and at times of possible interactions, such as going to the bathroom.

Outdoor Activities

Want to breathe some fresh air? Not all public places are authorized. Some beaches, for example, remain closed, as well as some squares in the capital of Bahia. But you can safely enjoy some city air.

The Brazilian Society of Exercise and Sports Medicine (SBMEE) states that walks and physical activity in the open air “have beneficial effects on physical and mental health”. But this must still be done in isolation, to avoid crowding or close contact between people.

The Ministry of Health has placed a minimum distance between one and two meters as a safe distance. In Salvador, the minimum distance between people in most spaces is 1.5m. The ideal thing, if you do any outdoor activity, is to follow this advice. Don’t forget to wear a mask and take your alcohol gel with you!

Museums, cultural centers and art galleries

Do you miss visiting an exhibition and seeing the city’s artistic works? Cultural centers, museums and art galleries are open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays, with no time restrictions.
Ticket sales have changed and should preferably be virtual, with scheduled time. But check in advance with the museum or cultural space you plan to visit to see how things are working there. Even when access is free, the scheduling must also be online.

Don’t forget your survival kit: mask and alcohol gel. After all, the use of masks is mandatory during all visits to these places. Another item that you can take is your own water bottle. This is because the use of drinking fountains in exhibition rooms is still prohibited. But don’t take too much stuff: the luggage storage service is not allowed.

In this first moment, visits are not yet complete – audio guides and guided tours, as well as interactive exhibitions, which presuppose touching or putting headphones on, are not yet allowed. The screening of films or videos can only take place in open spaces, with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. Even so, it is possible to live new cultural adventures, rich and unique in the music capital.

Religious churches and temples

Do you want to climb the “Colina Sagrada” (Holy Hill), in Bonfim, or visit your church and / or religious temple? These locations can operate from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday without time restrictions, with up to 30% of the hall capacity or 50 people, whichever is greater. If you go to one of these places, remember to wear a mask (use is mandatory), to take your alcohol gel, and staying at least 1.5m away from other people.

The Catedral Basílica Primacial São Salvador church, in Largo Terreiro de Jesus, the Bonfim Church, in the Lower City, the Our Lady of Conceição da Praia Basilica, in Comércio and the São Francisco Church and Convent, in Pelourinho, are still open for visitation.

Classes and meetings are not allowed, as well as spaces for children, such as parks, playrooms and the like. No one can be greeted with hugs, handshakes or any gestures that reduce the minimum distance of 1.5m between the regulars.

But the individual use of bibles, books or other objects is free. At the entrance and at the exit, everyone should wash their hands with 70% alcohol gel.

Individual attendance of the faithful can also happen, but must be previously scheduled. That is, before leaving home, check if the place is providing this type of service and make a prior appointment.
Are you part of the risk groups? At this moment, the ideal is that you attend the services in a virtual and remote way.


Want to stop by the mall and grab a bite to eat? From now on, the food courts in these establishments will operate again with 50% of the total occupation. The shopping centers were open since the first flexibilization phase and can continue to operate from Monday to Saturday, from 12pm to 8pm, and the public can go in person and via drive-thru.

Despite the operation, the authorities’ recommendation is still that the permanence time in these establishments is strictly necessary. That is, give preference to tours in open places and without agglomerations.

The rules for visiting shopping centers remain the same: the use of masks is mandatory, as well as the cleaning of environments and products. Do not forget to take your alcohol gel and keep a minimum distance of 1.5m from other people. Common areas should have one person every nine square meters. The stores can only have one person every five square meters.

Before leaving your house, have your shopping itinerary in mind. After all, it is not yet possible to try, test or taste products from establishments.

Shopping centers in the capital continue to limit 50% of parking spaces. Everyone’s temperature measurement also continues. On-site events are prohibited.

If you’re the type who can’t live without a cell phone, don’t leave home without your external battery, as plugs for charging cell phones are not available.

Beauty salons, barber shops and gyms

Beauty salons, barber shops and the like can extend the service to 50% of the maximum capacity of customers and also operate on Sundays, from 10am to 8pm (the rule was 30% and only from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm). In addition, the canteens and cafeterias of the gyms can now reopen, as long as they follow the sectoral protocol applied to bars and restaurants.

Street shops

Street stores above 200 square meters, which were able to operate since the first flexibilization stage, are only allowed to operate from Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm.

The rules also remain the same: limitation of one person per nine square meters; parking restricted to 50% of capacity for those with more than 10 spaces; priority service for risk groups; prohibition of on-site events and food consumption.

The precautions are the same as those who go to the malls: do not leave home without a mask, take your alcohol gel and just stay in the store as long as necessary to make your purchases.
If you belong to one of the risk groups, the ideal is to stay at home. However, if you need to leave, your attendance is a priority to reduce the permanence time in the establishment.

Sport activities

The social clubs opened on August 31 only for sports practices, individual or in pairs, with the exception of those that require physical contact, such as martial arts and dances. The operation is from Monday to Friday, from 6am to 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from 6am to 2pm. Group classes must have a limit of ten students and social distance must be ensured.

The maximum simultaneous occupancy capacity of the clubs is 300 regulars or one person for every nine square meters of area, whichever is less. Classes have a maximum duration of 50 minutes. The use of the pool is only allowed for physical activities. In addition, the general protocol, which applies to all released activities, needs to be followed, that is, the use of a mask is mandatory, as well as the hygiene and cleaning of environments and surfaces.

Municipal market

The Bonfim and Flowers Markets, in the Dois de Julho neighborhood, reopened according to the protocols. The opening hours of these two municipal markets are from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, except for bars and restaurants, which follow the protocol of this segment. The Flowers Market is famous for selling arrangements of various types. Bonfim’s main products are clothing, handicrafts and other souvenirs from Bahia for tourists visiting the Holy Hill and the Caminho da Fé (The Faith Path).

Rules – The sectoral protocol of these two establishments determines that all employees and licensed holders must wear a mask and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Each licensed holder must also make 70% alcohol available for use by employees and customers.

The queues need to be ordered, respecting the distance of 1.5 meters between people and the use of a mask by customers. The use of drinking fountains in these places is prohibited and the bathrooms must have sinks with water, soap, paper towels, trash can with lid and pedal operation.

Check the opening hours of other municipal markets:

* Popular Market: open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 6am to 2pm; Sundays and holidays, from 6am to 12pm.
* Itapuã NACS: from Tuesday to Saturday, from 7am to 3pm; Sundays and holidays, from 7am to 12pm.
* Dois de Julho Market: Monday to Saturday, from 7am to 7pm; Sundays and holidays, from 7am to 2pm.
* Periperi NACS: from Tuesday to Saturday, from 7am to 5pm.
* Cajazeiras Market: Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm; closes on Sundays.
* Mercado Modelo: Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm; closes on Sundays.
* Jardim Cruzeiro Market: Tuesday and Wednesday, from 7am to 3pm; from Thursday to Saturday, from 7am to 5pm; Mondays, Sundays and holidays, from 7am to 12pm.
* The markets of Itapuã and Liberdade remain closed.

Flexibility of other activities

Test drives at car dealerships are allowed. Free courses may extend the hours of operation until 10pm (before the limit was 7pm). 70% alcohol gel must be made available on all vehicles. In addition, steering wheel, gearbox, hand brake, door handle, rear view mirrors, seat belts, tablets and all other points of contact in cars need to be cleaned before and after each practical lesson. The use of a mask inside the car will be mandatory.

The Aquatic Arena in Salvador resumed on-site activities since September 9. Following the security protocol to contain the spread of Covid-19, the space will operate from Monday to Saturday, from 6am to 6pm, with 50 minutes of activities per class. There are a total of six classes, three in each shift.

Classes at the Arena are held collectively, with a limit of up to 15 athletes and a distance of two meters between each one. In addition, as a preventive measure, everyone should wear a mask while not in the water. The space will also provide 70% alcohol gel for students and teachers, as well as constant hygiene and cleaning of environments and surfaces.

Understand Salvador’s recovery plan

Mayor ACM Neto announced since August 29, in a virtual press conference, the partial beginning of phase three of the activities resumption in Salvador, allowing the reopening of social clubs for sports practices. Amusement and theme parks, theaters, cinemas, concert halls, event and convention centers also reopened at this stage. The municipality and the state government continue to carefully assess the evolution of the pandemic in the capital.

Phases 1 and 2 of easing social isolation took place between July and the beginning of August.

The gradual plan to resume economic activities in Salvador is divided into three phases, fundamentally based on the occupancy rate of intensive care units (ICUs):

Phase 1 – Less than 75% – Malls, shopping centers and the like; street stores above 200 m²; religious temples and drive-in;

Phase 2 – Less than 70% – Fitness centers and the like; barber shops, beauty salons and the like; cultural centers, museums and art galleries; snack bars, bars and restaurants; Step 2 of Phase 1 Activities;

Phase 3 – Less than 60% – Amusement parks and theme parks; theaters, cinemas and other concert halls; social, recreational and sports clubs; event and convention centers.

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