Rio Decides to Close Copacabana on New Year’s Eve to Prevent Crowds

The acting Mayor of Rio de Janeiro said that he is considering preventing tour buses from entering the city of Rio de Janeiro.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The acting Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Jorge Felippe decided to "isolate" Copacabana during New Year's Eve to prevent crowds. Only residents will be allowed to travel in Rio's South Zone neighborhood.

The decision was taken on Wednesday after Felippe's meeting with acting governor Cláudia Castro. They met at the Guanabara Palace and Castro proposed closing off the entire neighborhood.

Felippe said in an interview that "vehicles are forbidden access from 8 PM, and also collective vehicles, the use of collective vehicles from 8 PM is discouraged, as well as the subway . . .

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