Data for: Social distancing legal measures: a comparison of state and state capital policies in Brazil

Published: 24 May 2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/6z6jxx946j.1
Contributor:
Rodrigo Fracalossi de Moraes

Description

This index measures the strictness of social distancing policies in each of the 27 Brazilian states. This index is composed of six variables, measuring: i) whether mass gatherings, as well as cultural, sports or religious activities are suspended; ii) whether bars, pubs, restaurants and similar places are closed; iii) whether non-essential shops are closed; iv) whether non-essential industries are closed; v) whether classes are suspended; and vi) whether there are restrictions on passenger transportation. For each of these variables, values of 2, 1 or 0 were assigned depending on whether suspension or restriction was total, partial or non-existent. As the sum of the values would vary between 0 and 12 (as there are six variables), the index values were adjusted to be between 0 and 10 (a more intuitive scale), in which 10 are cases of greatest restrictions. Each of these variables represents a type of gathering: if these activities were all suspended, the aggregate effect would be a broad restriction. Information used to code values of these variables comes from open sources, especially legal documents from state governments, complemented by news from local media.

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