Beach partygoers in Spain’s Barcelona defy COVID-19 restrictions

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BARCELONA, April 3 (Reuters) – Dozens of partygoers danced on Friday on a well-liked seashore close to central Barcelona, some with out sporting masks or observing social distancing in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions, police mentioned on Saturday.

The impromptu get together happened on Barceloneta seashore and police mentioned that they had suggested revellers they have been breaking well being rules.

“Barcelona is the proper place to get together, to drink, however it is a huge drawback – the police – they’re stopping folks having fun with themselves,” a British reveller who gave solely his first title Liam, 32, and who was sporting a masks, informed Reuters.

Conferences of greater than six folks in public areas are banned in Spain’s northeastern area of Catalonia and offenders can face fines of 300 to 600 euros ($350 to $700), police mentioned.

“Our officers advise folks the place there are huge teams of people who they’re contravening restrictions and generally if they don’t placed on masks or transfer away, they’ll face fines,” mentioned a spokesman for Catalan regional police. He didn’t say if anybody had been fined on this occasion.

Miquel Samper, Catalan regional inside minister, informed RAC1 radio on Saturday folks ought to put on masks if they’re mixing with others on the seashore, however didn’t want to take action if they’re sunbathing or swimming within the sea – steering which differs from nationwide legislation.

Catalonia is considered one of a number of Spanish areas to defy a legislation introduced in on Wednesday that requires folks to put on masks outdoor no matter whether or not the 1.5 metre security distance is being noticed.

After mounting criticism, the Spanish authorities has mentioned the masks legislation can be revised, however has not mentioned when any revision would happen.

$1 = 0.8502 euros Reporting by Graham Keeley Enhancing by David Holmes

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