Spain poised to ease ban on outdoor exercise from May 2nd

Spain poised to ease ban on outdoor exercise from May 2nd
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Spaniards of all ages could be allowed to leave their homes for brief outdoor exercise from as soon as next weekend, said the prime minister Pedro Sanchez.

But he said that the lifting of restrictions will be dependent on citizens following strict regulations and the continued positive evolution of the coronavirus crisis in Spain.

Sunday saw the first loosening of lockdown since it began on March 14th with children under-14 being allowed outside for the first time in six weeks.

“If we act with prudence, this first relief measure will be followed by another one a week later,” said Sánchez in a televised address on Saturday evening.

“If the evolution of the pandemic keeps moving in a positive manner, starting on May 2 outings will be allowed for individual activity and for walks with the people that we live with.”

But he suggested that confinement measures would likely be in place throughout May, although with gradual “de-escalation” of lockdown. “We will see what happens in the month of June,” he said.

And he said that measures would likely be lifted at different times depending on the situation across different regions of Spain.

 “In the deescalation, we will not all advance at the same speed, but according to the same rules,” he said. “We will do it at different speeds depending on [the evolution] of the pandemic in each place, in an asymmetric but coordinated fashion. We will do it as a team.”

Details of the de-escalation plan will be announced on Tuesday after being approved by the cabinet.

Spain had imposed the strictest lockdown measures in Europe with children confined inside and adults only allowed to leave for sanctioned purposes that  included going to the supermarket or pharmacy, visiting a doctor or helping vulnerable relatives. 

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