- Title: 'A refuge' -Rio de Janeiro's botanical garden reopens amid pandemic
- Date: 15th July 2020
- Summary: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (JULY 14, 2020) (REUTERS) LILY PAD WATER LILY FLOWERS LAGOON VISITORS LOOKING AT WATER FOUNTAIN PATH LINED WITH PALMS VARIOUS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE RIO DE JANEIRO BOTANICAL GARDEN, ANA LUCIA SANTORO, SPEAKING WITH GARDEN EMPLOYEES (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PRESIDENT OF THE RIO DE JANEIRO BOTANICAL GARDEN, ANA LUCIA SANTORO, SAYING: "I think that particularly at this time the garden is a breath of freedom after such a long period of being locked inside, of being isolated. So, even though we still have to follow the rules, (the botanical garden) is without a doubt a space, a green urban area that can provide an important service to society at this time, like a refuge, an option for outdoor leisure." PEOPLE ENTERING GATE OF BOTANICAL GARDEN CHILDREN RUNNING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS IN FRONT OF WATERFALL VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN COLONNADE (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PRESIDENT OF THE RIO DE JANEIRO BOTANICAL GARDEN, ANA LUCIA SANTORO, SAYING: "Yes, the botanical garden has its doors open to public visits. It's ready to receive the population with security, ensuring the health of the people and that of our team." HAND SANITIZER DISPENSER PERSON USING HAND SANITIZER VARIOUS OF BIRD ON BRANCH SPIDER WEB AMONG FLOWERS TREES VARIOUS OF MONKEYS BOTANICAL GARDEN VISITOR, JOAO PONDE, AND HIS SON LOOKING AT MONKEY (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BOTANICAL GARDEN VISITOR, JOAO PONDE, SAYING: "I think with less people they (monkeys) tend to come out more. When it's fuller, you see less animals. Today is good for seeing animals: lots of monkeys and lots of birds." PEOPLE ON PATH HUMMINGBIRD CACTUS PLAQUE FOR BRAZILWOOD TREE BRAZILWOOD TREE
- Embargoed: 29th July 2020 15:52
- Keywords: Brazil attractions botanical gardens cases coronavirus infections outbreak pandemic public reopening sites tourism
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- City: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CMX8WNB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Rio de Janeiro's lush botanical gardens are once again open to visitors even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across Brazil
The botanical garden opened on July 9 after having been closed due to the coronavirus lockdown since March 17. Visitors can once again see the beautiful examples of flora and fauna that the gardens offer local visitors and tourists.
Botanical garden authorities say visitors will be safe because measures are in place to prevent large groups from forming by restricting visitors to a pre-scheduled time, and authorities have also installed disinfectant gel dispensers in the park.
Brazil recorded 41,857 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 1,300 additional deaths, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday (July 14).
The nation has now registered 1,926,824 total confirmed cases of the virus and 74,133 deaths
(Production: Sergio Queiroz, Leandra Camera, Patrick Alwine)
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