Government of RS launches decree with update of protocols for masses and services

Adapting the state protocols to the injunction of Minister Nunes Marques, of the Supreme Federal Court (STF), the gaucho government published on Sunday (4) a new decree increasing the occupancy rate in churches and temples in Rio Grande do Sul.

Until then, the rule on the black flag allowed a maximum capacity of 10% of the public in these places, limited to 30 people, and on the red flag it limited to 10% of the public or 30 people, whichever was greater. Now, Decree 55.820 has increased this limit to 25% of the capacity of the site, both in black flag as in the red.

The injunction of the STF minister, published on Saturday (3), determined that states, municipalities and the Federal District cannot edit norms to combat the pandemic of the new coronavirus that completely prohibit in-person religious celebrations, such as services and masses, and that the Prevention toilets, related to the limitation of presence, cannot be less than 25% of the capacity.

In addition to the occupation limit, the Rio Grande do Sul decree maintains the mandatory and correct use of a mask covering mouth and nose as rules, always and by everyone present; prohibits the consumption of food and drinks, except what is strictly necessary for the performance of the ritual or celebration (for example, communion, replacing the mask immediately afterwards); interspersed occupation of seats, spaced and alternately between rows of chairs or benches, respecting a minimum distance of 1 meter between people or groups of cohabitants.

The decree also determines the mandatory hygiene of hands, bathrooms and touch surfaces with 70% alcohol or similar sanitizing solution, in addition to cross ventilation, keeping windows and doors open, or an air renewal system.

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