Phase 2 means good news for children living in Spain


From today, children living in areas of Spain that have entered Phase 2 of the coronavirus deescalation plan will be able to go outside as many times as they like, without any restrictions on how far they can go or for how long. 

That’s according to the Health Ministry order published on Tuesday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), which has formalised what many families have been doing since last week, when the timetables for walks and exercise were removed for areas under Phase 2, with the exception of the time slot allocated to senior residents.

Previously, children under the age of 14 were only able to go out once a day, for a one-hour period, within a one-kilometer radius of their home.

The only restriction that will remain in place in phase 2 is the time slot allotted for the elderly, which will continue to be from 10am to 12 and from 7 to 8pm.

Regional authorities, however, are allowed to move this up by to two hours to avoid the hottest time of the day.

Residents in Phase 1 areas, such as the Valencia and Madrid regions and the Barcelona metropolitan zone, must, however, continue to respect the limits on walks and exercise.