Call for steps to guarantee social distancing as residents of Spain’s holiday island Mallorca embrace exercise freedom

PACKED: areas like Palma’s seafront promenade have been packed with people making the most of their allotted times for walking and exercise CREDIT: Cris Palmer Twitter @cris_palmer

PALMA City Council is looking at steps to guarantee social distancing in the Mallorca capital as residents embrace the freedom to go out for an hour’s walk or exercise under the easing of the Spanish government’s lockdown restrictions.
This weekend has seen areas like Palma’s seafront promenade packed with people making the most of their allotted times for walking and for activities like cycling and running after seven weeks of being confined to their homes.
This has led to requests for the city authority introduce measures to avoid crowding, like closing off or adapting lanes at the weekend or dividing walkways like El Molinar or Ciudad Jardin into two different directions.
Palma mayor Jose Hila reported on Twitter after the first day of the exercise freedom that barring a few exceptions everyone has stuck to the rules. He also promised that the council will also be opening up more spaces this week having already opened up Palma’s parks and beaches.
Elsewhere in Mallorca it has been a similar story. Seafront proms and parks in particular have proved to be popular walking spots, especially early in the morning, and there were no reports of any serious violations of the regulations after the first day.

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Cathy Elelman

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.

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