Spain: Retirement home residents reunite with relatives as restrictions are eased

Retirement home residents in Pozuelo de Alarcon reunited with some of their relatives on Thursday, while following safety measures as coronavirus restrictions are eased. Visitors wearing face masks and meeting their loved ones in special designated areas were seen finally catching up with their relatives at Las Praderas nursing home, in the outskirts of Madrid. Visitors could be seen having their temperature checked as they entered the facility. 'Residencia Las Praderas' director Daniel Agha Rodriguez, said family members must set up appointments, have their temperature checked, disinfect their hands before being able to see their relatives at a safe distance in an isolated space for no more than one hour. «We expect that in two or three weeks we will step into phase three, which means that the relatives can stay for more than one hour with the residents, they can come at any moment of the week and not only just one relative, more members of the family could come,» he added. Spain, which is one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe by the coronavirus pandemic, has registered over 242,200 cases and 27,136 deaths with the virus so far, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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