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Once-a-day exercise: Time slots, distances and age groups revealed
01 May 2020 @ 20:39

MORE details have been released about rules governing Spanish residents' permission to go out for walks or other exercise, with restrictions in place to prevent crowds.

Health minister Salvador Illa says everyone needs to comply to the letter, since breaking regulations could lead to another spike in Covid-19 cases and undo all the hard work everyone has done since Spain entered into lockdown on March 16.

Outings are permitted between 06.00 and 10.00 and from 20.00 to 23.00, and children under 14 now have a new timetable – from noon to 19.00.

Residents can be accompanied by just one other person, provided it is someone they live with.

For walks, the maximum distance is one kilometre from home, or for other sports such as running or cycling, anywhere within the person's town, village or city.

Dependent persons – elderly, ill or disabled – and anyone over the age of 70 can go out accompanied by pone other person from 10.00 to noon and from 19.00 to 20.00.

The aim is for those in the higher risk brackets due to age – the immune system is less resilient in those aged over approximately 60 to 70, or younger if they already have age-related health problems such as cardiovascular problems – not to come into contact with younger persons who may have been infected with Covid-19 but are either asymptomatic or have such mild symptoms that they have not realised.

Also, keeping children away from the elderly, middle-aged and younger adults is crucial because of the greater risk of kids passing on contagious conditions to others – and the fact that, when the children are outside, there are generally more of them as they will be with their siblings and one parent.

The 'one adult only' rule still applies to taking children out for walks, as does the limit of three children per parent, grandparent, guardian, nanny, or whoever lives with them – the 'two adults only' for walks, runs or bike rides with members of the same household must be without children.

For the purposes of these scheduled outings, 'young adults' are considered to be anyone aged 14 to 69 inclusive, meaning one parent can go for a walk with a child aged 14 or 15 before 10.00 or between 20.00 and 23.00, provided said child lives with them.

Villages with fewer than 5,000 people do not have specific daily time slots they are required to stick to – they can go out once a day at any time between 06.00 and 23.00.



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markmyword said:
02 May 2020 @ 11:50

I wonder if any readers of this article can see any errors in the scientific reasoning behind this new instruction? I'm not suggesting people break the rules, but it seems clear to me that political wrangling has led to these confusing instructions rather than concerns about the health of the population.

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