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Brazil´s Ceará state imposes decree restricting travel and tourism in Carnaval to prevent crowds

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In several of the state's cities, roadblocks prevent unauthorized travel unless the need for it is demonstrated. Traders feel the impact on sales. Without foreign tourists, the paradisiacal beaches are empty and traders complain about the drop in income.

Ceará has imposed restrictive measures, which left several beaches virtually deserted.

Anyone trying to leave Fortaleza for Carnaval is forced to slow down in traffic jams at roadblocks, because only people who can prove their need to travel are allowed passage.

"I am going with my mother to Maracanaú, she is a teacher, so I went . . .

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