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Sao Paulo Imposes Harshest Measures in Months Amid Virus Spike

  • Non-essential businesses must shut at night, weekends
  • Brazil’s richest state saw cases, deaths jump 40% in January
Shoppers wearing protective masks walk on 25 de Marco street in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.
Shoppers wearing protective masks walk on 25 de Marco street in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. Photographer: Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg

Brazil’s richest state ordered all non-essential activities closed on weekends and limited operating hours on weekdays, the harshest measures imposed in months as the epicenter of the pandemic in the country battles a new surge in cases.

Bars, restaurants and services including hairdressers have to remain shut between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays across the state of Sao Paulo starting Monday, officials including Governor Joao Doria said at a press conference. The restrictions also forbid those businesses of operating during weekends and holidays until Feb. 7