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Spanish kids reclaim streets after weeks indoors

Spanish kids reclaim streets after weeks indoors

After six weeks of quarantine, Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa on Friday said it would be “a first step towards easing” the lockdown. The only condition is people be very prudent.

The Spanish authorities are thinking about lifting some restrictions after weeks-long lockdown due to COVID-19. However, the citizens should be extremely prudent “because the health of the nation is at stake”, The Local Spain reports.

After six weeks stuck at home, Spain’s kids were allowed out on Sunday to run, play or go for a walk as the government eased one of the globally toughest quarantine ever.

Taking into account that Spain is among the most-infected countries, the lifting restrictions should be done very attentively. Over months, the Spanish death toll running at more than 23,000 despite stringent restrictions imposed from March 14.

On Sunday, some kids rollerbladed while others rode bikes or pushed toy prams around, many wearing small masks to cover their faces. Some parents took precautions, dressing their kids with protective gear before going out.

After weeks of sitting at home, kids are super excited and very impatient. As many parents said, on Sunday, many children were up at 6:30 am, saying ‘We’re going out, We’re going out!’.

According to the rules, from Sunday a maximum of three children under 14 years will be able to go out once a day, for one hour between 9:00 am (0700 GMT) and 9:00 pm, accompanied by one parent — and no further than one kilometre from their home.

The government has allowed kids the rare authorised trips with parents, for example to supermarkets, satisfied no one and prompted a hasty retreat.

“All our common sense tells us that it is safe for the children,” said mother Paredes from Madrid.

The decision to ease restrictions was made as Spain appeared to have got past the peak of the pandemic, reporting Sunday a daily death toll of 288, the lowest number since March 20.

In addition, prime minister Pedro Sanchez promised Saturday that all Spaniards will be allowed out for exercise and to take walks from next weekend.

During the week, the government will unveil its broader lockdown exit plan that will likely be put into action in the second half of May.