São Paulo considers implementing “purple” phase against pandemic

The measure restricts supermarket business hours and bans churches and sporting events.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The São Paulo state government is considering decreeing a purple phase against the covid-19 pandemic. It is an even more restrictive phase than the current red one, which has never been implemented in a year spent fighting Covid-19.

The purple phase may be announced between this Wednesday and Friday and would come into force on Saturday across the state. It includes reduced working hours for essential activities, such as bakeries, supermarkets and gas stations, as well as the total suspension of religious and sports events, such as the São Paulo soccer championship . . .

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