Thousands of motorcyclists participated in the rally Saturday in Sao Paulo. The far-right president led the rally in an open helmet and without a mask, in violation of state laws.
The Sao Paulo state authorities said that they imposed a fine of about $108 on Bolsonaro, his son Eduardo, a congressman and Minister of Infrastructure Tarcisio Gomez for not wearing masks and not respecting social distancing measures during the gathering.
The Brazilian presidency did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter. Bolsonaro, who has called for rallies across Brazil in preparation for next year’s presidential elections, ignored the warnings of Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria, a political rival who had previously said the president would be fined if he did not comply with state laws.
Bolsonaro has repeatedly opposed Governor Doria and other state governors over measures imposed to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed nearly 485,000 people in the country. Brazil.
The president regularly criticizes quarantine and masking measures, and has promoted drugs such as chloroquine when studies have shown they are ineffective.
In a speech to a crowd of his supporters waving flags, Bolsonaro again protested the wearing of a muzzle. The president said that people who have received vaccinations should not wear masks. “It is impossible for a vaccinated person to transmit the virus,” he added.