In the midst of efforts to encourage the population to stay at home, at least five squares in the city of São Paulo have already been sealed to prevent agglomerations and contain the advance of the new coronavirus pandemic. The extension of the measure to the 5,000 green areas of the city is considered impracticable by the City Hall of the capital, which has made specific restrictions in places where there are reports of disrespect to quarantine. Municipal parks have been closed for more than two months.

On Thursday, 21, officials from the Jabaquara subprefecture, in the south zone, installed 200-kilogram shackles at Praça Barão de Japurá to block the entrance to a sports court where neighbors reported constant agglomerations of residents who insist on playing sports on the spot. . They even dragged the concrete pipes to access the court, and the subprefecture then installed a padlock on the court door.

Barão de Japurá Square, in São Paulo, was sealed

Photo: Disclosure / Sub-prefecture Jabaquara / Estadão

On Friday, 22, the gates of Praça Comunitária da Vila Mariana and Praça Rosa Alves da Silva were welded by the local subprefecture. Residents who live in the vicinity of Werther Maynard Krause Square, in Indianópolis, in the south zone, also decided to close the access to the place, which has bars and gates. The first place closed by the City Hall after complaints of agglomerations was Praça Pôr do Sol, in Alto de Pinheiros, in April.

Last month, Mayor Bruno Covas (PSDB) estimated that the isolation of all 5,000 green spaces and gardens in the capital would cost at least R $ 4 billion and said that the measure would only be taken in exceptional cases. According to the City Hall, “banners were placed in 15 locations, distributed among public squares, flowerbeds and streets, in an attempt to discourage the use of these spaces as a measure of awareness and prevention of the population, especially the elderly, due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus”.

The concern of virologists with the practice of sports is that contact with contaminated surfaces and with droplets of saliva are among the main vectors of infection by the coronavirus. Touching the face to remove excess sweat, saliva or secretions, for example, can increase the spread of the virus. The same can happen if someone infected leaves secretions on surfaces such as door handles, doors and supports.

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