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Spanish Residents Hit The Beach As Lockdown Measures Are Relaxed

Spanish Residents Hit The Beach As Lockdown Measures Are Relaxed

People across Spain have been seen heading to the beach and going running after lockdown measures were finally relaxed.

As of this morning (2 April), people have been allowed out of their homes to get some exercise - with adults permitted to go out between 6am and 10am, and from 8pm until 11pm

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Snaps taken along the beach front in Barcelona today show hundreds of people taking the opportunity to get some fresh air.

Speaking to The Mirror about the easing of measures, Mar Visser, who lost her job as an events organiser, said she was ecstatic to be back out running in Castelldefels.

The 45-year-old said: "I have been longing for this. It beats running in my house or doing yoga or Pilates inside."

People flocked to the beach in Barcelona. Credit: PA
People flocked to the beach in Barcelona. Credit: PA

Over in the capital city Madrid, the scene is much the same, with citizens spotted leaving their homes for the first time in many weeks.

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Speaking to The Guardian, teacher Juan Badiola said he and his family have been waiting an age to get outside.

He said: "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."

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According to the latest figures produced by health authorities, Spain has confirmed some 216,582 cases of Covid-19, with 25,100 people tragically losing their lives to the deadly disease.

Exercise is now allowed during specific times. Credit: PA
Exercise is now allowed during specific times. Credit: PA

The latest relaxing of measures comes a week after kids were seen enjoying their first taste of freedom.

As of 26 April, children under the age of 14 were allowed to spend one hour a day outdoors for exercise.

Some of the country's beaches opened for local children to enjoy their hour's worth of exercise, under supervision.

As part of the changes to the rules, children are allowed to use bikes, skateboards or scooters to exercise, but public parks are currently still locked down. Children are also still not allowed to play or socialise with kids outside of their family group.

Hundreds have been seen heading to the beach. Credit: PA
Hundreds have been seen heading to the beach. Credit: PA

But as well as the mental and physical health of the population, lockdown has also had a devastating impact on Spain's economy.

In a bid to ease the pressure and to help the country's finances recover as quickly as possible, the President of Andalusia, Juanma Moreno, last week proposed reopening some of the region's shops and restaurants from 25 May.

According to reports, following a phone call with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Mr Moreno announced that he wanted to see smaller businesses, such as hairdressers and salons, open from 11 May, with bars opening two weeks later.

The regional government has also proposed allowing funerals - without a wake - to take place from 18 May.

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Topics: Interesting, Coronavirus, Health

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]