Initially, the outings for walks or physical exercise They were divided – depending on each autonomous community – into: under 14 years (from 12:00 to 19:00), over 14 years to 70 years (from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) and over 70 years (from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 19:00 to 20:00). Rules that must be met by all territories in phase 1 except for those municipalities with a population of less than 5,000 inhabitants and those with less than 10,001 residents who do not have a population density of more than 100 inhabitants per square kilometer.
When can you walk without schedules?
At the beginning of the de-escalation plan, only the localities with less than 5,000 and 10,001 residents where there was total freedom of movement for these activities, but the positive evolution of the coronavirus has led the Government and the Ministry of Health to modify these guidelines. And not, no waiting for the “new normal” to see the end of the time slots, in fact, more than half of the population in Spain gets rid of them as of June 8. We are talking about the provinces that are in phase 2 of the de-escalation or are going to move into it.
According to the ministerial order included in the Official State Gazette (BOE) on May 16, all individuals up to age 70 “they can carry out the non-professional physical activity provided for in Order SND / 380/2020, of April 30, on the conditions in which non-professional physical activity can be carried out outdoors during the health crisis situation caused by the covid- 19, in any time slot “except for the interval destined for the departure of people over this age that does continue to be maintained (between 10:00 and 12:00 and from 19:00 to 20:00 hours). In other words, at this stage, citizens can go out at any time they want without limits or time bands and regardless of age (as long as they are under the age of 70).
Likewise, the Government grants, as has already done with phase 1 of the de-escalation, another flexibility and in these outings – regardless of whether it is to walk or play sports – in the intermediate phase they are allowed to take place in groups of maximum 15 people that they are not cohabitants. In addition, the BOE has published a ministerial order by which one kilometer limit is removed away from home to walk. Of course, hygiene and social distancing measures will continue in force and the use of the mask will be mandatory when the two meters distance cannot be respected.
And to play sports?
In the same way that in the walks, the exits to do physical exercise are not subject to any time slot in phase 2 of the de-escalation, but they are in phase 1 or initial. However, initially there was a restriction to exercise. One of them was the number of people who could carry out this activity, which, for the moment, remains at a maximum of 15 people who are not cohabitants. Furthermore, in the ministerial order published on May 27, the one kilometer distance limit for walking and the municipality is removed to do sports, so these trips can be made anywhere – as long as it is in the province or de-escalation area in which you reside – and at any time.
In the case of under 14 years, the BOE also includes the repeal of restrictions on their exits, thus overturning the rule known as ‘the four ones’ (one walk a day, one kilometer and one hour). “The bands and limitations respectively provided for in the second paragraph of article 2.1 of Order SND / 370/2020, of April 25, and on April 25, shall not apply to the movement of the child population and to the practice of non-professional physical activity. Article 2.4 of Order SND / 380/2020, of April 30 “, includes the order.
But, What about phase 3? Since this is the last step in the transition to the ‘new normal’, all the territories that are in it can enjoy the same privileges as in the intermediate, and even more. According to the provisions of Order SND / 458/2020, of May 30, in this phase all time restrictions are eliminated, including those for people over 70, who can leave at the time they want.
This is the case in the outings for walking and sports, which can be done at any time, without distance limit and regardless of age, provided they are not done in groups of more than 20 people. In addition, it specifies that “in the case of social contact with people who are within the groups considered vulnerable to covid-19, extreme security and hygiene measures must be taken.”