83yo Gran Breaks Quarantine To Sunbathe In Front Of Cops

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

This 83-year-old woman has defied cops by sitting in a park and sunbathing out of the house during coronavirus lockdown and refusing to leave when asked.

The OAP, named in reports as Sara, was snapped sitting in a deck chair in the Tres de Febrero park in the neighbourhood of Palermo in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

Three police officers then reportedly approached her to try to convince her to leave but she is said to have refused, claiming she was in the sun for health reasons.


She told the cops she would leave at 3:20 pm, when she had been under the sun for an hour, with one officer telling her: “I do not want to arrest you, go home, it is for your own good.”

But she reportedly responded: “You cooperate with me, I am a grandmother that needs fresh air and sun. Please be kind, I am not infecting anybody.”

At her scheduled time the OAP packed up her belongings and went home, accompanied by the officers who told her that she was breaking the country’s penal code by not following the quarantine regulations.


Sara told local media she would continue going out in the sun “because I need sun and fresh air.”

She added: “I was taking care of myself. The UV rays are good for not getting coronavirus. The worst thing is to be locked indoors because I do not have a balcony, I only have a window”.

Local media report that since the beginning of the lockdown on 20th March 840 people have been arrested and 11,156 stopped, notified or taken back to their homes in the city of Buenos Aires.

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Argentina has registered 3,228 cases of COVID-19 and 159 deaths.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.