Spain has apologised to children in the country over the mix-up on some rules for children during the lockdown occasioned by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias who made the apology stated that children would now be able to take short walk with adult supervision during the lockdown.
Affter initially ruling out recreational walks for children, the government bowed to public pressure – including pot-banging protests on balconies – and allowed short, supervised outings for the first time in more than a month.
“I want to apologise because in the government over the past days and hours we haven’t been clear,” Iglesias said, confirming that children under 14 would be able to take short walks with adult supervision.
With Europe’s second highest death toll of 22,157 and the world’s second most cases at 213,024, Spain has some of the toughest restrictions in Europe. But a slowdown in the infection rate has prompted an easing of some measures.
Spain detected its first case of the virus, a German tourist in the Canary Islands, at the end of January and only acknowledged transmission among Spaniards in early March.
The country started easing restrictions for some businesses last week, but restaurants, hotels and public spaces remain closed.