The new coronavirus in Salvador - the city's routine has changed


Emergency measures to combat COVID-19

The perception of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic begins to be felt more intensely. We advise everyone to search for information on official websites and Instagram profiles such as the Ministry of Health, Salvador City Hall and Health Secretariat (SMS). Do not believe in texts full of information coming through Whatsapp. Find out about the correct way to wash your hands, the use of 70% gel alcohol and other safety measures in the @smssalvador profile or in this link.

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The City Hall made available an exclusive channel to provide information about the coronavirus and answer the population’s doubts: the Disque Salvador 160. The service will operate 24 hours a day.

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Municipal parks remain closed to prevent proliferation of the new coronavirus

Parque da Cidade.. Salvador Bahia Foto: Amanda Oliveira.

The City Hall, through the Secretariat of Innovation, Sustainability and Resilience (Secis), informs that the parks managed by the municipality remain closed indefinitely, to avoid the risk of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) proliferation. The parks are: Parque da Cidade (Itaigara), Parque das Dunas (Abaeté) and Parque dos Ventos (Boca do Rio), the latter recently opened.

In addition, Praça Dois de Julho, in Campo Grande, another facility managed by Secis, was also closed indefinitely. Events scheduled for these facilities are automatically canceled.

Mercado Modelo and the Lacerda Elevator

Mercado Modelo. Fotos: Fábio Marconi

The Mercado Modelo and the Lacerda Elevator, facilities managed by the City Hall, also remain with their activities interrupted indefinitely, as well as citizen services that are not essential, such as SIMM and Prefeituras-Bairro (city hall support units). Health units and spaces managed by the Secretariat for Social Promotion and Combating Poverty (SEMPRE) continue to function normally.

Prohibited beaches

Coronavirus. Quarentena. Praias interditadas. Salvador Bahia Fotos Jefferson PeixotoSecom.

Eight beaches have been closed. They are: those of Porto da Barra, Farol da Barra, Rio Vermelho, Itapuã, Piatã and Ribeira, considered the busiest in the city. The beaches of Cantagalo and Boa Viagem, located in Cidade Baixa, in Salvador, were also banned after complaints that they were being frequented by bathers.

The closure was visually signaled and there is inspection by the Municipal Civil Guard (GCM) and the Municipal Department of Public Order (Semop). The kits distributed by the City Hall to the merchants who work on the beaches have been removed and there will be no charges for these professionals for the duration of the measure.

In addition to the beaches, social, recreational and sports clubs also remain closed to the public.

“These measures do not mean holidays. That is, it is useless to stop going to work or school to go to the beach. People should stay at home, protect themselves, take care of the family. We need everyone’s support ”, reinforced Mayor ACM Neto.

Although physical isolation is done on eight beaches, the rest are prohibited for swimming and using the sand strip to avoid crowding. The city said it is monitoring this compliance daily with 60 agents and 15 vehicles. The population can make complaints through the Fala Salvador website and by calling 160.

Cultural spaces managed by City Hall remain suspended

Rua do Couro to the right of the photo, the Barroquinha Church and the staircase that gives access to the Gregório de Mattos Theater. Photo: Fábio Marconi

The Gregório de Mattos Foundation (FGM) informs that the programming of cultural spaces managed by the municipality, as well as the artistic activities developed by the institution, remain suspended indefinitely. The measure, as well as the others already disclosed and announced aims to contain the proliferation of the new coronavirus in the city.
The cultural spaces managed by the City Hall, through FGM, are: Casa do Benin, Barroquinha Cultural Space, Gregório de Mattos Theater, Boca de Brasa Cultural Spaces (Subúrbio 360, Centro, CEU de Valéria, Muncab, Casa do Sol, Picolino and Quabales), Café Teatro Nilda Spencer and Sala Multiuso, the last two at the foundation’s headquarters, in Barroquinha.

Casa do Carnaval and Jorge Amado Memorial remain suspended

Casa do Carnaval – fachada. Foto: Fábio Marconi

The cultural facilities managed by the Municipal Department of Culture and Tourism (Secult) also remain closed for an indefinite period.

Thus, Casa do Carnaval, in Pelourinho; Casa do Rio Vermelho – Memorial Jorge Amado and Zélia Gattai, in the neighborhood of Rio Vermelho; the Pierre Verger space of Bahian Photograph and the Carybé das Artes space, both in Barra, have their activities suspended.

City Hall extends restrictions and announces new measures against Covid-19

In a virtual press conference, ACM Neto evaluates decrees and presents new data on the evolution of coronavirus in the city

In a virtual press conference held on May 18, 2020, Mayor ACM Neto announced the renewal of all general decrees with restrictive measures aimed at containing the proliferation of the new coronavirus in Salvador.

In addition, the mayor reported on new determinations aimed at expanding social isolation in the neighborhoods of Lobato, Liberdade and Bonfim, and presented recent data on the impact of Covid-19 on the public and private health system in the capital. The conference was attended by secretaries and directors of municipal bodies.

Actions in neighborhoods

ACM Neto announced the revocation of regionalized measures in the neighborhoods of Boca do Rio, on the avenues Joana Angélica and Sete de Setembro and on Rua Carlos Gomes, but under certain conditions. Street vendors and marketers, for example, will have to wear a mask, have 70% alcohol gel and a minimum distance of two meters between the stalls.

For formal commerce, the general rules announced for the entire city apply (see below).

In Plataforma, the restrictive and life protection actions continue for another seven days. Regionalized measures ended in Pituba, but local businesses will need to respect general rules. ACM Neto determined, as of this Wednesday (20), restrictions and actions to protect life in three more neighborhoods: Lobato, Bonfim and Liberdade, areas where, like Plataforma and Pituba, the number of cases of Covid-19 had a strong growth in May, so it is necessary to expand social isolation.

As in Plataforma, Lobato, Bonfim and Liberdade, formal and informal commerce should remain closed from Wednesday (20) until May 26, with the exception of supermarkets, drugstores, bank agencies, lotteries, establishments that make deliveries, notaries, public offices, veterinary clinics, imaging and radiology services, continuous treatment services (oncology, hemotherapy, hemodialysis) and clinical analysis laboratories.

In neighborhoods with regionalized measures, the City Hall will carry out rapid tests to detect people with Covid-19, distribution of masks, delivery of basic-needs grocery packages to street vendors and marketers, combating the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and the Cras Itinerante project.

General rules

During the press conference, ACM Neto also detailed general rules that apply to establishments authorized to operate in the city, such as drugstores and building material stores. They are:

* Maintain a minimum safe distance of two meters between people, readjusting spaces and making markings in more critical places, with queuing;
* Mandatory use of face masks, both for own and outsourced employees and for customers;
* Provide 70% alcohol-based hygiene kits throughout the establishment, in visible places, with a greater flow of people;
* Require customers or users to wash their hands with 70% gel alcohol or solutions with a similar effect when entering and leaving the establishment;
* Provide complete kit for cleaning in bathrooms;
* Before, during and after the period of operation, reinforce the sanitation of the environment, with bathrooms, touch surfaces and means of payment being sanitized constantly;
* Testing and/or trying of products in establishments is prohibited;
* Valet services are prohibited.

Shopping malls

Regarding shopping malls, ACM Neto announced changes. The places continue to have their stores physically closed, but may use the delivery system to sell products, from Monday to Saturday, from 12pm to 8pm, in a drive thru model. Shopping centers and other related establishments may operate under the same system, as long as they make a request and get the authorization from Transalvador.

Shopping malls and related shopping centers authorized by Transalvador can use the drive thru if they respect the following protocol:

* Access only by car, with no possibility for customers to leave their vehicles or enter the interior of the stores;
* Sales should happen exclusively through online channels;
* Payment must be made in advance. If not possible, by credit, debit or similar card;
* Delivery stations must be identified and with a minimum distance of three meters between them, with only one employee in each;
* Delivery stations should always be cleaned before use and when activities are closed, as well as have alcohol in gel available;
* All products must be sanitized before delivery to customers.

Street shops

Regarding street commerce for the whole city, with the exception of neighborhoods that undergo regionalized measures, the rules, in general, are the same. That is, stores with over 200 square meters of total area continue to have activities suspended. Those of building and cleaning material, drugstores, those that sell equipment or supplies for health, garages and auto parts, supermarkets, bakeries, butchers and pet shops are excluded from this determination.

However, the Municipality decided to adopt other provisions for these establishments to protect citizens and workers, which are the same previously applied only to supermarkets.
As of now, the limit within these establishments is one person per nine square meters, with access restricted to one citizen per family, except in the case of the elderly and people with serious illnesses or those who use immunosuppressive drugs, since that, in these cases, the access of a companion is allowed.

In addition, these establishments must operate with only 50% of the total parking spaces, with access permission only for vehicles with the driver or, if not for private use, only one passenger, except in the case of the same exceptions above and that allow the entry of a companion.

Check below the other decrees that are valid now until the 1st of June:

* Suspension of classes in the municipal and private schools: City Hall is already discussing efforts so that the school year is not compromised, including the cancellation of school breaks and vacations;
* Suspension of activities in gyms, cinemas, theaters, concert halls and other cultural facilities;
* Suspension of activities in social, recreational and sports clubs;
* Beach closure;
* Suspension of activities in nightclubs, beauty clinics, restaurants, bars, snack bars and convenience stores. The exceptions are for bars, restaurants and convenience stores that deliver at home or deliver on the counter;
* Prohibition of any type of action that implies the sound emission;
* Suspension of works on inhabited buildings, except in emergency cases;
* Suspension of the payment requirement by the Blue Zone;
* Mandatory use of masks;
* Limitation of the maximum audience to 50 people in any type of meeting in the city;
* Withdrawal of 30% of call center and telemarketing workers, who must do home office, as well as immediate removal of employees over 60 years.

Bed occupation

ACM Neto stated that the month of May and the beginning of June will be the most difficult to face the pandemic in Salvador. The forecast of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a partner of the Municipal Department of Health (Secretaria Municipal de Saúde – SMS), is that the public clinical and ICU beds for patients with Covid-19 will run out on May 21 (there are 633, in total). Currently, the occupancy rate is already 83% in ICUs and 70% in clinical beds.

“Every day we approach a possibility of saturation of the health system. The collapse just didn’t happen before because we increased the number of beds, reinforced the measures of social isolation and lowered the transmission rate, which was already 9.8% and now it’s 6.3%, and the goal is to reduce it to less than 5%, even so that we can gradually return to normal. With the effort also from the state government, we hope to further expand this support to patients with the new coronavirus”, said the mayor.

ACM Neto added that, in the private network, bed occupancy is already 82%. “We have patients with health insurance seeking public services because they cannot find places in private hospitals”, he said. Currently, the city concentrates 63% of the cases of coronavirus in Bahia (5,317) and 64% of deaths (189). The lethality rate of the disease in Bahia is 3.5%, against 6.7% in Brazil.

“It is worth noting that, at the beginning of May, we had projections of 70 deaths per day in the first week of June. Thanks to the correct measures we took, this projection is now 34 deaths per day in the first week of June. Of course this is a number that continues to worry, and we will work to reduce it even more, as the priority is to save lives”, he stressed.

By Fernanda Slama
Content Coordinator

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