By Cathy Elelman • 27 April 2020 • 13:05
THERE were a handful of rule-breakers in Mallorca on the first day of the coronavirus lockdown relaxation for kids to allow them outdoors for fresh air and exercise.
There were reports of groups of parents gathering to chat without staying the recommended distance away from each other in Palma on Sunday and Local Police said they had to ask a number of bathers to get out the sea at the s’Areneta beach in the Es Portitxol district.
Under the government’s instructions, an adult can take out a maximum of three children aged up to 14 for a walk or to play, including in natural spaces like beaches if the local authorities have opened them, but bathing is forbidden.
The ruling also restricts walks to within a kilometre of the home and for no more than an hour, and makes it clear there should be social distancing.
According to Palma police most people out and about yesterday did abide by the rules in the island capital, however. The Deputy Mayor of neigbouring municipality Llucmajor Noemi Getino said families going on to Arenal beach were also behaving well, with no gatherings and respecting distances. She describing citizens as “champions” in a social media post.
The Sub-delegation of the Government said on Sunday that there had been no incidents of note on the Balearics Islands, and it had been more a case of police explaining the new rules to parents who had misunderstood.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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