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Spanish government apologized to children for lockdowns

In April 23, 2020, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias apologized to children for confining them in their homes since mid-March when the lockdowns started.  Iglesias also thanked children for the sacrifices they have made. 

Spanish children have been allowed to play outside of their homes since April 26, 2020.

Editor’s Note: The apology issued by deputy minister Pablo Iglesias is an acknowledgement that lockdowns have created unnecessary stress among children. It is an acceptance that the government could have made better decisions so that their young citizens do not have to carry the burden of the COVID-19 disease. 

One can hope that all governments will begin to realize that keeping children imprisoned in their homes has a high cost. Keeping stay-at-home orders and preventing the opening of schools will have its impact in the future [read Science Says It’s Time To Open Schools, Children’s Commission: Children Should Be Back In School, German Experts: Schools And Day Care Centers Should Be Reopened, Philippine Doctors Weigh In On The Educational Situations Of Children And Adolescents, 60+ Doctors And Educators Release Statement On The Situation Of Children And Adolescents During The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic] to know why we call for the re-opening of schools].

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