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'Phase 1' regions allowed to scrap 'exercise' time slots if they wish
12 May 2020 @ 12:47

REGIONAL governments are free to decide whether or not to keep the age-related time slots for walking or other exercising in parts of the country now on 'Phase 1' of recovery, health minister Salvador Illa says.

It was Extremadura's regional president, Guillermo Fernández Vara, who initially called for each of Spain's 17 autonomous communities – 19 counting the north African territories of Ceuta and Melilla – to be allowed to decide for themselves whether to continue setting limits on non-essential outings.

At present, children under 14 can go for walks with one adult from the same household – up to three children per adult – between noon and 19.00; those aged 70 and over can do so between 10.00 and noon or from 19.00 to 20.00, and everyone aged 14 to 69 inclusive can go out for walks, runs, bike rides or other exercise within a kilometre radius for the first of these and within the same town for the rest between 06.00 and 10.00 and 20.00 and 23.00.

Vara is among those who believe there is 'little sense' in restricting pleasure outings and exercise to set times when, for example, supermarkets largely shut at 20.00, meaning children, the over-70s and older teens and younger adults will all be out of the house anyway, and bars in 'Phase 1' zones are open subject to being a maximum of 50% full, whilst shops of under 400 metres are now letting in customers in limited numbers without appointment.



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