1. Various exteriors of Babado da Folia store where Carnival items are sold
2. Various interiors Babado da Folia
3. Jorge Francisco, 73-year-old, store owner
4. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Jorge Francisco, owner of Carnival store, Babado da Folia:
"We had five stores, we closed three of them and kept two."
Reporter: "How many families worked for you and how many are left?"
Francisco: "We had 160 families, people working….now we have 40."
5. Exterior of the Hotel Arena on the Ipanema beach
6. Empty reception area of the Hotel Arena
7. A few guests at the pool of the Hotel Arena
8. Alfredo Lopes, President of the Union of Rio Hospitality Workers
9. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Alfredo Lopes, President, Union of Rio Hospitality Workers:
"In this Carnival season we are at 50% occupancy in the city, maybe approaching 60%, but we have some hotels with only 14% occupancy. Since there won't be a parade through the center of town for the first time in history, which normally would have 100%, now it's a very low rate of occupancy."
10.Beach at a scenic spot between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches (Playa del Arpoador)
The cancellation of Brazil's Carnival celebrations due to the pandemic have created a deep economic hole for many businesses, dependent on the massive crowds attracted to the annual street party, filling hotels, restaurants and giving many service providers healthy revenues.
With some adjustments, some of these businesses say they will survive the blow, but many others lament the loss of income, and the party atmosphere.
Rio's hotel occupancy for instance, normally about 80% in the hot summer months, and reaching 100% during Carnival is now at roughly 50-60%, according to the President of Rio's Hospitality Workers Union.
COVID-19 restrictions have cut into restaurant revenues by limiting the number of patrons allowed, and taxis, stores and many other businesses have felt the economic hit due to lower numbers of visitors to the city.
Thousands of Cariocas, as the city's residents are called, no longer make a living from Samba Schools where they built floats, sewed costumes and prepared to put on a show for tens of thousands of visitors.
The impact has a ripple effect throughout the Rio economy, with workers laid off and slower business at places normally bustling at this time of year.
Jorge Francisco once provided jobs to over 160 people before the pandemic, running five shops selling Carnival trinkets, costumes and masks to eager buyers.
"We had five stores, we closed three," said Francisco. "We had 160 families, people working….now we have 40."
The city and state of Rio has begun a mass immunization program aimed at bringing the pandemic under control by the end of the year, and for most residents of the "Marvelous City," Carnival celebrations will have to wait until that goal is achieved.