The Colombian Government extended the mandatory preventive isolation for those over 70 years of age against the coronavirus until August 31 and announced that it will allow them to go outdoors three times a week for 30 minutes.
By resolution 0000844, the Ministry of Health ordered “to extend until August 31, 2020 the sanitary measures of isolation and preventive quarantine for people over 70 years of age (…) to protect their mental health.”
During the daily television program “Prevention and Action”, the Health Minister, Fernando Ruiz, explained that despite the extension, those over 70 “will be able to carry out outdoor activities three times a week for 30 minutes a day” .
With the above, “we are responding to the clamor of this population that asked us to be able to carry out activities,” Ruiz said after Colombian President Iván Duque took stock of the current situation of the virus in the country, where there are 24,104 infected and 803 dead.
To take the new measures, the Government consulted with geriatricians and it was determined that the mayors will define the hours that this population can go out in each municipality.
As for children from 2 to 5 years old, based on the recommendations of experts, it was determined that they can go out three times a week for 30 minutes a day.
Likewise, minors from 6 to 17 years old will have the option of leaving their homes 3 times a week for one hour a day.
On March 25, Colombians began compulsory preventive isolation that, for the moment, will last until May 31 for those under 70 years of age.
Despite the fact that the Government has already reopened certain sectors such as construction and that last Monday it made trials in Medellín for the opening of shopping centers, the majority of the population remains in their homes.
However, with today’s announcement from June 1, those over 70 will be able to leave.
“Ideally, there should be as little cross-over as possible between population groups that go out for outdoor activities,” said the minister.
The senior official added that “adults between 18 and 69 years old” will also be able to “carry out outdoor activities every day for two hours, thereby expanding the current measure that allowed one hour to go out.
According to Duque, “the pandemic is present, the pandemic has not gone away”, so he invited Colombians to be “responsible” and to understand that with the openings by sectors and exit permits “the life of interaction is not being revived social because we have to keep adapting to a disease that will be present. “