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Hundreds throng departmental store in Brazil, prompt its closure

After the footage of the event was widely shared on the internet, the state government ordered the establishment to be closed and was notified for non-compliance of social distancing norms.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | October 13, 2020 3:58:31 pm
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Hundreds of shoppers rushed to a newly-opened departmental store in Brazil and ignored social distancing despite the nation being among the worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pictures and videos which did the rounds of social media showed shoppers thronging inside a popular departmental store chain on October 10.

Several images show people, most of them any facial covering, standing close to each other to enter the store in Belem, a city in the northern Brazilian state of Pará.

After the footage was widely shared on the internet, the state government ordered the establishment to be closed and was notified for non-compliance of social distancing norms.

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“For non-compliance with the rules provided by the WHO and for a crime against Public Health, according to article 268 of the Brazilian Penal Code, the Havan store, located in Augusto Montenegro, opened today, was closed by Civil police and Militar do Pará, in addition to the state health department “, Governor Helder Barbalho, said in an Instagram post.

Responding to Harbalho, the co-founder of the department store chain Luciano Hang on Instagram apologised for flouting the law during the event.

“We did not imagine receiving so much affection from the people of Pará. All of our megastores across Brazil meet sanitary requirements, but yesterday in Belém it was humanly impossible,” Hang said.

According to the Brazilian Health Ministry, Pará ranks sixth in the country with over 23000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and the country has recorded over 5 million cases so far.

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