Coronavirus: Police in Seville Bust Bar Owner for “Blatantly Flouting” Spain’s Social Distancing Laws

Police officers in Seville couldn’t believe their eyes as they pulled up outside a popular drinking haunt in Nervión Seville, the place was packed and when questioning the owner, he just shrugged his shoulders and said: “social distancing-whats that?”


Pictures of Bar Jota, a well-known bar in the Nervión area of ​​Seville, went around social media networks on the first day of the move to phase 1 of the emergency lockdown.

Reports are that there were people crowded around high tables enjoying a well-pulled pint, without masks, without gloves, and without observing any safety distances. It was short-lived however as the Local Police soon received several calls and went to the premises and immediately chucked everyone out and fined the owner… a lot by all reports!

Another bar in Seville, totally ignoring social distancing rules, so much for the move to phase1…

A spokesman for Seville City Council spoke of “various breaches”. The Local Police said it was two in the afternoon when they appeared at the establishment, a popular bar amongst locals in the city.

In the street, there were “between 20 and 30 people consuming alcoholic beverages on high tables outside on the street.” That bar doesn’t have a private terrace, it sets tables on the sidewalk. The pictures demonstrate what the Police said. “Among the people, the safety distance was not respected, and most lacked masks.” No perspex partition walls had been provided and the owner also had “no face masks or gloves.”

Occupancy of 50%, as the decree dictates was not adhered to, the owner “had brought out four high tables and put two chairs by the wall.” There was no waiter to disinfect tables between client and client. The Police insisted that the premises be sealed up. The bar owner reported that he ” had decided to close” and added: “This is a new situation for everyone and it is a matter of trial and error .”
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