Shops began to reopen in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte with people seen queuing outside a mall on Monday.
Shopkeepers reportedly only found out on Friday that they could reopen organising themselves over the weekend. Some preparations still continued on Monday with social distancing mark being painted on the pavement.
«I think the mall shouldn't even have closed. Here it employs more than 1,000 families who depend on its income every day,» said Leonardo de Freitas Lima e Silva who works in the mall.
«I think it really had to reopen. Brazil is going through a very difficult phase. If people do what is right, I think that the worst will not happen,» said Belo Horizonte resident Juliana Garcia.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has registered 363,211 COVID-19 cases with 22,666 deaths linked to the disease.