Playgrounds are to close again.

11-09-2020Miquel À. Cañellas

Children's playgrounds are to be closed again. The Balearic health minister, Patricia Gómez, announced on Friday that the closure of playgrounds, which applied during the lockdown, is to be reactivated as a measure "to protect the start of the school year". An exception will be made for playgrounds which are for schools' teaching activities.

In addition, establishments that offer children's entertainment and activities will be subject to temporary suspension. This measure and others announced on Friday will be in force for 15 days; publication of the measures on the Official Bulletin is expected on Saturday.

Children's sports competitions, the minister noted, will not be affected as most of these do not start until October. She defended the fact that playgrounds had not been closed before the start of the school year on the grounds that children could gather within "stable groups", e.g. family groups. The aim, she stressed, is for schools to be very safe environments. "We know that there will be cases and that it is possible that a school will have to close, but there is the right of 170,000 children to go to school."

Of other measures, fairs and fiestas will be prohibited, with this ban including street suppers (a popular aspect of fiestas). For cinemas, theatres and halls, capacity will be 50% and seats must be pre-assigned. The wearing of masks is obligatory. Previous measures introduced in August are to be extended for a further fifteen days. Therefore, the ban on smoking in public spaces will continue. Bar and restaurant capacities will continue to be 50%, and beaches and municipal parks will close between 9pm and 7am.

Gómez observed: "We are in the second wave. It is a delicate moment, and we have to do everything to protect people's health. We want to flatten the contagion curve and the hospital admissions' curve. The start of the school year, the arrival of autumn and the evolution of the pandemic make us ever more vigilant."

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Jonas / Hace 10 days

Hopefully the smoking ban will be permanent, there is no place for this habit in a food environment .we've found we’re visiting cafeterias that we wouldn't previously because of smokers.

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Rich / Hace 12 days

Cutting restaurant capacities, that will soon not be an issue as less and less people can afford to eat and in the end there will be no restaurants. When will people realize that shutting an economy down reduces tax revenues and therefore the money that a government can spend on a health service, how many deaths will that directly cause. Saving lives costs money and governments don't have an endless supply...even though Armengol may argue otherwise.

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Rich / Hace 12 days

'170,000 children have the right..' What rights do adults have? It seems to me that schools are a far more dangerous zone than the streets where adults gave numerous infringements on our normal rights. Not to mention the stupidity of many of the restrictions. Today a jogger ran by me in my mask, obviouly they were exhaling more than me and therefore potentially far more dangerous than me...why am I the one wearing the mask? Or are joggers immune to the virus? It all defies logic, somewhat like Armengol and her mob.

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James / Hace 12 days

IT REALLY IS BE COMING UNBEARABLE TO LIVE HERE. IM OFF TO SWEDEN, I HERE THEY KNOW WHAT THERE DOING.

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Mrs Denise Belton / Hace 12 days

With the regards to the smoking ban, I fail to see that if I smoke and I am 2 metres away from someone how this is causing the virus to spread! all this is achieving is less people going out to local bars and cafes, it is leaving these local establishments with an economic nightmare, I was hoping that after 2 weeks the government would see sense, obviously not, and if this is a problem then why is NO OTHER COUNTRY doing the same

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