(FamilyRetirementClub.Com)- While the Chinese coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across the United States, many European nations are past peak infection rates and beginning to reopen their economies. Spain is one such country, which recently reopened its economy to a large extent and allowed people back out onto the streets.
Spaniards suffered through 48 days of strict lockdown measures – much stricter than most places in the United States. People took to the streets to walk, jog, skate, and cycle after weeks of being stuck at home.
Since March 14, Spaniards were only allowed to leave the house to buy food or medicine, or to go to work when working from home is completely unavoidable. Beyond that, however, people were expected to stay at home.
Now, though, people are allowed out of their home during dedicated time slots. Age comes into play, too. If you’re an adult, you’re allowed to leave the house to exercise between the hours of 6am and 10am, and then once again between 8pm and 11pm.
Children are allowed out of the house to exercise between 12 noon and 7pm. Elderly people are allowed out between 10am and 12 noon, and then between 7pm and 8pm. Spain is taking a different approach to much of the rest of the world, but residents seem to be adapting.
The Guardian spoke to a 28-year old teacher, Juan Badiola, who enjoyed his Saturday morning walking in Hortaleza. He told the media outlet that “It’s been pretty tough, and I’ve been working really hard for weeks.”
“My family is all healthy and OK, but I’ve really missed being able to go out and make plans,” he added.
Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish Prime Minister, also said that people would be required to wear face masks when using public transport. The masks are not essential when walking outdoors, however.
Nearby France is expected to start lifting some of its own equally strict lockdown measures on May 11. The country did extend the national health emergency to late July, however, meaning it’s unlikely lockdown will end completely before the end of the summer.
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