Relaxation of Lockdown for the Over 70s

Relaxation of Lockdown for the Over 70s

*Details of protected time have now changed, please click here for updated post 22.6.20*

At the  press conference on Monday 27th April,  Cabinet announced the relaxation of lockdown rules for anyone over 70 years.  Prior to this, the law had stated  that people over 70 may only leave the home only if absolutely necessary (for food shopping, medicines, walking the dog etc.). Government bodies, including Public Health, still ascertain that those aged over 70 will be worst affected if they contract COVID-19; therefore, they must remain vigilant when outside the house and continue to maintain the necessary hygiene measures .  

There are a number of benefits to be gained by allowing this vulnerable cohort to exercise outside the house, including:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia
  • Improved mental well-being
  • Benefits to sleep
  • The contribution to the maintenance of a healthy body weight
  • Improved bone health, mobility, flexibility and reduced risk of falls

The “Golden Hour” scheme being advised at present is as follows:

  • Victoria Stadium and Commonwealth Park will be reserved for persons over 70 only on weekdays from 10.00am until 12 noon [Bank Holidays are excluded]
    * Please note update as of June 16th with the commencement of our summer bathing season, the restrictions no longer apply on beaches.
  • Entry and exit will be controlled by the Royal Gibraltar Police and other officials. It will be necessary to show a document like a health card which shows the age of the holder
  • The older person may walk or drive to the desired venue (parking as close as possible to the location. They may be accompanied by an adult member of the same household; meaning they can only share a vehicle with an adult who lives with them
  • They can walk in their chosen area for an hour and will then need to make their way home
  • The different areas will be cleaned and disinfected before 10.00am on the relevant days

It is important to remember that the risk of catching COVID-19 can be mitigated, but it cannot be eliminated completely, and therefore going outdoors constitutes a risk. The virus is invisible and may be present in the least expected of places; ensure you follow the Public Health prevention measures at all times.