The Chamber of Bragança announced this Wednesday that it has decided to cancel part of the activities planned for December as part of the Terra Natal and Bienal da Máscara programs, due to the evolution of the covid-19 pandemic.
The tenth Bienal da Máscara, Mascararte, is held between Thursday and December 6th, as well as Bragança Terra Natal and Sonhos, during the month of December, but with several activities cancelled, namely those that imply greater gathering of people.
The laboratory and the workshop scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday are canceled at the mask biennial, as well as, also on Saturday, the parade through the streets and the show at Queima do Mascareto.
Between December 1st and January 6th, Terra Natal e de Sonhos is practically reduced to street lighting and animation, and to the ice rink and other entertainment installed in Praça Camões.
Even so, as specified by the municipality, in a statement, “preventive measures will be implemented”, such as the “control of entrances and exits of visitors, with space sealing, reduction of the ice rink’s capacity, stations for hand disinfection, at the entrance and outgoing visitors”.
The use of a mask will be mandatory and there will be “disinfection of equipment used in the ice rink”, as well as reinforcement of human resources”.
The Chamber of Bragança explains that these measures and cancellations were decided “in view of the recent epidemiological evolution covid-19 throughout the national territory and particularly in the municipality of Bragança, with the considerable increase in new cases”.
“Given the current situation and after analyzing the individual risk of the activities provided for in the ‘X Bienal da Máscara – Mascararte’ and ‘Bragança, Terra Natal e de Sonhos’ programs, the municipality of Bragança and the Health authorities understand that the health safety conditions for carrying out “the activities that have been canceled are not met.
The autarchy thanks the population for their understanding and expresses the conviction that “this decision aims to contribute to the containment of possible contagion, safeguarding the health of all”.
The municipality of Bragança had, according to the latest data from health authorities, 220 confirmed cases of infection by the new coronavirus.
Covid-19 has caused at least 5,156,563 deaths worldwide, among more than 257.51 million infections by the new coronavirus recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report from the AFP agency.
In Portugal, since March 2020, 18 353 people have died and 1,126,318 cases of infection have been recorded, according to data from the General Directorate of Health.
The disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.