Rio seeks to roll out a mobile app for beachgoers

Rio Beach Smartphone App

Sunbathers wanting to stop by Rio de Janeiro’s famous beaches, despite Brazil’s raging coronavirus epidemic, will be able to book socially-distant sand distance via a cell app, the city’s mayor has said.

Rio’s beaches currently have a hodgepodge of sanitary restrictions in place. Visitors and cariocas, as local residents are understood, can swim and clinic individual sports over the sand during the week. But group sports can only be played Monday through Friday. Merchants can sell drinks, but not alcoholic ones.

The one thing nobody was allowed to do because the coronavirus outbreak, formally at least, is to just plunk down on the beaches and take in the sun.

Rio’s beaches have often been complete lately, particularly on weekends, as visitors ignore restrictions directed at battling the world’s second worst coronavirus outbreak, together with deaths surpassing 100,000.

Now city officials wish to turn to technology to make sure that social-distancing steps, such as and appropriate requirements for sunbathing, are all respected.

“People are going to be able to occupy marked zones depending on when they arrive, and also by reserving through an app,” Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella told reporters.

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Crivella had said in July that beach-goers might not be allowed to lie on the sand again until a coronavirus vaccine had been approved.

His comments on Monday were especially short on information about the cell smartphone app, however.

He explained the city was in talks with companies to create the app to reserve beach space, but it was not immediately clear when the system might be introduced.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun. Editing by Tom Brown.

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