While many of the places are reopening post-COVID-19 lockdown, Christ the Redeemer called Cristo Redentor locally which is one of the popular tourist attraction places in the country opens up for tourism. The statue overlooking Rio and Sugarloaf mountain has been reopened after 5 month shut down due to coronavirus pandemic.
The reopening of popular tourist attraction places comes with safety guidelines on the numbers of tourists permitted at the landmarks of Rio de Janerio and Christ the Redeemer statue started welcoming tourists from Saturday onwards as mentioned in the official Paineiras Corcovado website.
Environment minister Ricardo Salles said in a ceremony “The reopening of the Christ (monument) symbolizes the reopening of Brazil to tourism.” With safety regulations such as temperature checks and allowing fewer people are being taken care of by the authority.
Tourists are said to wear the mask and maintain social distancing and also visitors lying on the ground to take a perfect photo of the statue is prohibited.
The Christ the Redeemer statue was constructed between 1922 and 1931 by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. The face of the Christ was designed by Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida. Located atop 710-meter-high (2,300-feet) Corcovado hill in the centre of Rio in Tijuca national park the statue offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city and its environs.
According to Brazil’s National Confederation of Goods, Services and Tourism (CNC), the country lost over 154 billion Brazilian reales in the last 5 months and is currently operating at 14% of its capacity.
Rio’s world-famous carnival has also been cancelled due to its risk of contracting Covid-19.
Other tourist attractions that opened over this weekend were the Pao de Acucar cable car, the AquaRio aquarium and the gigantic Rio Star, Latin America’s largest Ferris wheel which offers a spectacular view of the city and was opened just last year.