STF Empowers States to Regulate Covid-19 Measures, Rejecting Bolsonaro Power Play

The decision voids the President's power to define, unilaterally, which activities may not be proscribed by local isolation measures.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In an online plenary session yesterday afternoon and evening, Brazil's Federal Supreme Court (STF) reiterated the power of governors and mayors to determine restrictive measures during the coronavirus pandemic. The ruling also establishes that states and municipalities may determine which activities will be suspended, and which services will not be interrupted.

The decision voids Jair Bolsonaro's attempted power play to define which activities would not be affected by the isolation measures.

In the process, the AGU (Federal Solicitor General) argued that the measures of governors and mayors could not affect services deemed essential by . . .

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