Children under 14 years old can go outside even for a walk, but accompanied by an adult

In the fifth week since the state of alarm came into effect, the children, possibly the group for which the most was asked to ease the confinement, will be able to go out again, although with many limitations.

Although initially it was contemplated that only children up to 14 years old - the so-called "pediatric age" - could only go out accompanying adults in essential tasks, such as shopping, going to the pharmacy or the health center, finally the Ministry of Health He expanded the spectrum and announced that he would also allow the exit for walks, without exercising essential activities and always accompanied by an adult with whom they habitually live. This includes both parents and other relatives and caregivers.

Rides allowed from April 27

The measure, rectified after the doubts raised by the original to allow exits to closed spaces and with more people, but not outdoors in deserted areas, has already been approved by the Council of Ministers, although it will not enter into force until Monday 27 of April. The almost seven million Spanish children in this age group will be able to set foot on the street again for walks in a country that is acting in an exceptionally responsible way in terms of compliance with the confinement.

Those over 14 will have the same considerations as until now: they can go out alone, but for the same reasons as an adult

Teens between 14 and 18 years old keep the same status than before: they can leave, as they could until now, since according to María Jesús Montero, government spokesperson, "a child of 4 or 5 years old cannot go out to buy bread or the pharmacy, but a minor of 15, 16 or Yes, and you will be able to continue doing it without inconvenience. "

The minister explained that the risk of transmission of the disease by minors is "very low", which is why this measure has been taken despite the fact that the priority remains "to avoid the hypothetical setback in the fight against the coronavirus " He has also pointed out that it is the responsibility of adults to ensure the behavior of children who go out. Between the approval of this measure and its entry into force on the 27th there will be new details that will emerge over the days.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child made a call a few days ago for countries "to explore creative alternatives and solutions" in order to relax confinement for the little ones, since according to a report published by the Platform for the Rights of the Child , the measures taken by Spain are the toughest in the world in terms of children, followed by Italy, which does allow them to leave with some restrictions and which Spain is now going to replicate.

The situation in other countries

  • Italy. The European country that has suffered the most deaths from COVID-19 allows children to go out with their parents for essential tasks, in the vicinity of their homes; but it also allows them to leave the house to play sports or take walks, also close to their home and maintaining the required safety distance.

  • France. In the Gallic country, children, like adults, can leave the house to play sports or take a walk starting at seven in the afternoon. The limits set are an hour of maximum time, one kilometer away from the home as far away, and only together with adults with whom they live regularly.

  • Germany. Germans can go out two by two, unlike in Spain, but families are exempt from this limit and can go out in larger groups. Physical contact should be "minimized", including the distance of one and a half meters with anyone else.

  • Belgium. Children, like adults, can exercise outside the home, and those who are five years old or younger can also travel by car with their parents to a park. Those with older children must arrive on foot. In any case, they must comply with the safety distance of one and a half meters.

  • UK. British children can leave the house with the rest of their family members with whom they share a home, once a day, for walks or sports.

  • Denmark. The first European country to reopen schools, on April 15. Although not totally, only 35% of Danish primary schools did so, leaving the number of students per classroom at a maximum of 12 (classes are told in subgroups). Secondary education is expected to return on May 9.

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