DGS: “neither near nor far” recommends reopening playgrounds

The Director-General of Health considered that these are not “priority opening equipment because they pose risks” and stressed the idea that children should have their leisure time in the “family bubble” model, that is, by households .

The reopening of playgrounds is "neither near nor far" recommended by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), said the director-general today who explained that children should play in the "family bubbles" model.

“By their nature, these parks are usually unattended, they are public and for public use, they have equipment, but they do not have a responsible dealer that allows regular disinfection and cleaning. And also because they are children, it is often not possible to maintain the social distance. We do not consider the opening of playgrounds as a priority, not far or near, because children have all the outdoors to play ”, said Graça Freitas.

The Director-General of Health considered that these are not “priority opening equipment because they pose risks” and stressed the idea that children should have their leisure time in the “family bubble” model, that is, by households .

“We advise that games take place outdoors with family bubbles, that is, children from the same household, without crossing risk with children from other households. This also applies to family parties and dinners and lunches. We came from different houses, with different risks and different realities, ”he said at the three-week press conference on the state of play on the covid-19 in Portugal.

Already questioned about the reopening of pavilions, namely for the practice of sports of various modalities, Graças Freitas referred conclusions after a meeting that today brings together specialists, federations and the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth.

"We will wait to see if there are conclusions that allow to see if there are conditions for these activities to resume," he said.

In a session in which the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, gave data on new outbreaks of the new coronavirus, pointing them by region, with an impact on Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, the minister was questioned about the fact that other regions of the world, namely Catalonia, in Spain, is forcing the use of a mask on the street as a barrier method.

“We had many moments of discussion on the subject of masks as a barrier method, but not a definitive barrier, but a complementary barrier. We all get used to wearing the mask when we have to. There are a number of spaces where in Portugal the use of a mask is mandatory and non-use incurs non-performers a fine and the impossibility of entering certain spaces - commercials and services - without being without the mask ”, said Marta Temido.

The minister also said that "at this moment" the need to adopt other measures is not felt, although, she stressed, "obviously [at issue] issues with great evolution and are open".

Portugal accounts for at least 1.646 deaths associated with covid-19 in 45.679 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

The covid-19 pandemic has already killed 555 people and infected more than 12,2 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.

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