Madrid's Citizens Return to the Streets in Force

The people of Madrid were out in force on Sunday, May 3, a day after Spain relaxed restrictions in place for 48 days that were intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

New staggered timetables saw people over 14 allowed outside from 6 am to 10 am and 8 pm to 11 pm, with the elderly getting their turn from 10 am to 12 pm and 7 pm to 8 pm. During those hours, people could exercise or take walks alone or with one other person.

Earlier in the week, children had been allowed out for exercise within a kilometer of their homes during the day.

Parks remained closed so people walked, jogged and cycled in the streets. This video shows people exercising in large numbers on May 3 on Avenida Arcentales in Madrid’s San Blas neighborhood.

Spain had 217,466 diagnosed cases of the coronavirus and 25,264 reported deaths, according to data compiled by El Pais on May 2. Credit: Gerard Toal via Storyful