efe-epaBy Maria Angelica Troncoso Rio de Janeiro

While scores of Rio de Janeiro residents rose before dawn on Tuesday to flock to the newly re-opened beaches on the first day of relaxation of the restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus in Brazil, others stayed home in the face of contradictory guidance from officials.

The "Wonderful City" embarked on the first phase of a six-stage path that is supposed to culminate in August with full normalization.