Lori Dorman is a 60-plus British national running a business in Dubai
For the last 67 days, she has self-isolated herself and keeping in mind all the movement restrictions in place for residents above 60 years for the coronavirus, the only way she manages to get some exercise is to wear her mask and gloves and walk up and down the corridor of the apartment building she lives in and sometimes have a go on the Wii Fit.
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While earlier Dorman was able to get a permit for grocery shopping, the new set of restrictions that were announced on April 24 by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), do not allow that now.
Neither is she allowed to get into the malls. Her friends help her from time to time to deliver essentials, but that is not enough to help her with her daily needs.
For someone as independent as Dorman, the lack of exercise and physical movement has been a huge concern. And although the rules allow exercise for one or two hours outdoors, provided residents do not leave their area of residence and practice safe distancing, the rising temperatures make it difficult to walk outside. “You can go out either very early in the morning at around 6am or very late at about 7pm but it’s not the best solution,” says Dorman.
Always used to be doing things for herself, including getting her own groceries and running errands, she feels the solitary confinement imposed by the latest round of restrictions for residents above 60 years of age is both mentally and physically damaging.
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