As in many countries, COVID-19 has had a major and disruptive impact on life in Brazil and in Rio de Janeiro.
Given the size of the population, and the country, Brazil has had one of the highest number of COVID cases and deaths in the world after the US, and access to and around the country has been restricted. As a result a number of hotels, restaurants, bars, stores, attractions, and even beaches, have been closed or offer limit access. So please check before you plan a visit to Brazil or Rio for leisure purposes. We are trying to update our sites at Rio: The Guide and Brazil: The Guide just as soon as it is clear which businesses have re-opened and survived.
It also looks as if there will be major disruption to Rio’s carnival in 2021 with few or none of the major parades and group activities taking place. If you want to truly experience carnival in Rio, or any other part of Brazil, you will be better to wait until 2022.