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Spain eases coronavirus lockdown by allowing only OAPs out in the morning and children and a parent in the afternoons


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SPAIN is about to announce new time slots to lift quarantine and allow people out of their homes after one of the hardest lockdowns in Europe.

The new time slots will ensure the elderly are kept apart from children when they both get to go outdoors for the first time in months on Saturday.

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Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa is set to announce time-slots later today
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Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa is set to announce the new measures later today to allow the elderly and children a desperately needed chance to get out after coronavirus quarantine.

OAPs are expected to be told they can go out for a walk in the mornings before children get their chance to go out in the afternoon with one of their parents.

Runners and others enjoying their first opportunity to practice individual sport outdoors for the first time in seven weeks are likely to be told they must pick early morning or late night time-slots when the other two groups are back inside.

Mr Illa will explain the details later this afternoon after a morning TV address set for 11am was postponed.

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Spanish Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos said the measures are being taken to avoid an “explosive” mix of the young and old.

Saturday will see the second major relaxation of Spain’s strict coronavirus lockdown, which began in mid-March.

As of Sunday, April 26, children under 14 have been allowed outdoors for the first time in six weeks but must be accompanied by only one parent for up to an hour a day.

Spain is making an aggressive comeback after millions were sent back to work April 13, including non-essential workers.

Regional premiers labelled the ruling as “reckless”, “unforgivable” and “imprudent” at the time.

Beaches in some parts of Spain were opened up to young people to maximise space and allow social distancing.

A mother walks her daughter home after enjoying a recess at the beach in Premia de Mar, Catalonia
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The Spanish government still needs to formally outline exercise restrictions for adults looking forward to an outdoors run this Saturday, though it will likely be similar to the social distancing rules we have in the UK.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez announced a four-phase Covid-19 de-escalation plan on Tuesday, which will kick off on some Canary Islands and Formentera in the Balearic Islands on Monday.

Hotels on the islands have been allowed to re-open, although hoteliers there and in other parts of Spain who expecting to be able to re-open on May 11 say they intend to stay shut because there are no tourists yet.


Travel between provinces and islands in Spain has been banned until at least June 22.

Authorities have not said when air and land borders will be reopened for foreign tourists.

Spain currently has the highest number of cases in Europe, at 239,639 and announced 2,740 new cases today. It has had 24,543 deaths to date.

The elderly will be allowed out in the mornings
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Kids will be allowed out in the afternoon with one parent
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SPAIN is about to announce new time slots to lift quarantine and allow people out of their homes after one of the hardest lockdowns in Europe. The new time slots will ensure the elderly are kept apart from children when they both get to go outdoors for the first time in months on Saturday. ⚠️ […]

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