Coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease in Spain after more than 25,000 deaths
Thousands of Spaniards have woken up early on Saturday to lace up their running shoes for the first time in seven weeks after the government ended a prohibition on outdoor exercise, 7NEWS reports.
At 6am early risers poured into the streets dressed in athletic gear to run, bike, and speed walk, with many taking extra caution to loosen up atrophied muscles and avoid a twisted ankle that would ruin the joy of release.
A few tried running with a face mask despite the difficulty it causes with breathing.
The masks are highly recommended by Spanish health authorities for walkers and shoppers, to reduce the chance of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19.
People are supposed to respect a one-metre distance, but the crowds in some spots made that impossible.
The government has set up time slots for age groups and activities to prevent crowds from forming and exposing the most at-risk elders.
People between 14 and 70 can now go out for individual exercise, and couples in that age group who live together can go for walks, from 6am to 10am and 8pm to 11 pm People over 70 can go out from 10am to noon and 7pm to 8pm, with one caregiver if needed.
Children under 14 are now allowed to go out between noon and 7pm for walks with one parent, for up one hour, within one kilometre of home.
They cannot play with other children.