Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 9 July 2020

Fit people over the age of 60 would like to go to malls

Our readers have their say on coronavirus restrictions, a new video series and the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput

People wearing masks for protection against the coronavirus at a mall in Dubai. AFP
People wearing masks for protection against the coronavirus at a mall in Dubai. AFP

Engaging debate on the new interview series

With reference to Tonight's Chat: Ricardo Karam interviews Thomas Barrack, Jr with host Ricardo Karam influential businessman Thomas J Barrack Jr (June 13): congratulations on your new series and good work. Looking forward to a more refreshing interviews and debate. Thank you.

Nicholas R Stevenson, Abu Dhabi

As usual, you were amazing and to the point, Ricardo. Thanks.

Widad Abou Ghnaim, Zahle, Lebanon

The request of fit people over the age of 60

Regarding Omar Owais's article Coronavirus has taken a toll on the mental health of students (June 13): I have read about the toll of the virus on the mental health of teenagers and students. But the toll on physically healthy people over the age of 60 needs to be considered as well. They have brought up families, been responsible for businesses and made everyday decisions about running their and their family’s lives for decades.

Now if you are over 60 years, even if you are in better health than people aged, say, 30, you are not allowed to go and buy groceries or have your hair done or go to the gym or do other things that improve the mood and mind.

If younger people who are diabetic or suffer from a high risk condition are allowed in shopping malls, then perhaps people over the age of 60 who meet the health requirements could be given a choice as well.

Angela Murlowska, London, UK

I have been reading a few articles about children below 12 and elderly over 60 can’t go to the shopping mall. What we tend to forget is that there is a lot of other activities we can’t do. I am from Sweden and turned 60 in October. I am an active skydiver (over 500 jumps) and scuba diver. I like water skiing and go to the gym (and sometimes also like to step out to watch a movie).

Currently I can't do any of the activities I love to do. I do appreciate all the measures the leadership in UAE has done to protect the population, but not being able to continue an active life is hard. Maybe there is a possibility to implement a health pass for people over 60 who are fit and want to play a sport, with all safety precautions taken. I have started to train for a half marathon just to have something to do, so running around the Marina is my new hobby. But I truly miss the gym and skydiving.

Jan Blyckert, Dubai

Sushant Singh Rajput's death is a loss to the film industry

Regarding Farah Andrews' report Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput dies aged 34 (June 13): this was sad to read. Rajput was a good actor, especially remarkable in his role as the cricketer in M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru, India

Updated: June 14, 2020 05:58 PM



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