Spain outlines new rules and time slots for leaving the house from May 2nd

Fiona Govan
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Spain outlines new rules and time slots for leaving the house from May 2nd
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The Spanish government has confirmed that from Saturday May 2nd, adults will be allowed to leave their home to take a walk outside or do some exercise.


The latest lifting of restrictions comes after Spain has spent more than six weeks in lockdown under the strictest conditions imposed in Europe.

Children under the age of 14 were allowed out on the streets for the first time last Sunday and now it is the turn of adults too.

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa unveiled the conditions in a televised press conference on Thursday evening.

These are the rules as outlined in that press conference:

From Saturday May 2nd, adults will be allowed to leave the home to take a walk or carry out exercise, on their own or with one other person from their own household, within their own municipality and within 1km of their home,  just once a day and for a maximum of one hour.

Time slots:

The minister stated that there would be a timetable with slots (known as franjas in Spanish) designated for different demographics.

Adults can walk outside between 6am and 10 am or between 8pm and 11pm

Those considered more vulnerable or who have to go outside with a carer, will be able to take a walk between 10 and 12 am and between 7pm and 8pm.

The over 70s are also encouraged to use this time slot to take their walk.

While children will be allowed outside between 12 and 7pm.

UPDATE: What you need to know about Spain's new rules for taking children outside during lockdown



Exception for small towns

The Health Minister did make an exception for those towns and villages which have a population of less than 5,000. Residents of these small municipalities will not have to observe a time table but can go out anytime within the hours of 6am and 11pm.

What activities are allowed?

Only those sporting activities that can be carried out individually are allowed at this stage. So walking, jogging, cycling, are all acceptable. Having a kick around with friends with playing a game of tennis are not.

Social distancing

During outings outside the home, Illa said strict social distancing must be observed - which means keeping a distance of 2metres between others. He also advised people to make sure they washed their hands when returning home and wearing a mask for activities where there was a risk of coming within 2 metres of someone else.

Symptoms? Stay at home!

He also said that those who have symptoms, or who have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms, should not leave the house. 



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