São Paulo Red Phase and Its Implications

March 3, 2021

Dear Graded Community,

During today’s press conference, São Paulo Governor João Doria announced that the state has regressed to the “red phase” and will increase restrictions. As São Paulo enters its strictest phase, the state will mandate a shutdown of all non-essential services between March 6-19 and a daily lockdown between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am. 

Schools will be allowed to remain open during this time at their current 35% occupancy level. Graded will maintain its current schedule and student rotation.

In light of the sharp recent increase in COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths across the state, Graded will increase COVID testing. Students, faculty, and staff will now be required to take weekly tests while they are on campus. 


  • Pre-Primary: COVID testing every Friday*
  • Grades 1 and 2: COVID testing every Friday when students are on campus for two consecutive weeks*
  • Grades 3, 4, and 5: COVID testing every Friday when students are on campus for two consecutive weeks*

*The Lower School principal will email you detailed information regarding testing.

We urge you to remain vigilant with regard to your safety and to limit social interactions that are considered high-risk. These include maskless gatherings. This new wave will be a difficult period. In an effort to do our part, we ask you again to ensure that your child is wearing a tightly-fitted mask to school. 

Below we have included information regarding the operation of services throughout the city during the “red phase.”

Red Phase, March 6-19

Curfew and lockdown throughout the entire state from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am

The following essential services will be permitted to operate during the Plano São Paulo’s 
“red phase”:

 Hospitals, clinics (including dental), pharmacies, and animal health establishments.

Food: Supermarkets, butchers, bakeries, supplement stores, and street markets. (On-site food consumption is prohibited.)

General client-facing services: Hotels, laundromats, maintenance, and janitorial services, banks, lotteries, call centers, technical assistance services, newsstands, and religious activities.

Restaurant Delivery, Pick-up, and Drive-Thru Services: Pick-up and drive-thru services are permitted. On-site consumption is not permitted.

Logistics Services: Car rental companies, vehicle repair shops, public transportation services (bus, train, and metro), taxis, transportation applications, delivery services, and parking lots.

Fuel industry: Fuel industry chains and logistics services, agricultural businesses, carriers, warehouses, gas stations, and construction stores.

We know that members of our community have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our healing thoughts are with you.


Richard Boerner
Av. José Galante, 425
São Paulo, SP - Brazil - 05642-000
+55 11 3747 4800
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