By Ron Howells • 02 April 2021 • 21:44
Source: Policia Nacional
Police in Malaga Out In Force Over Easter Week Hand Out Fines.
Police in Malaga have so far denounced 850 people this Easter for not wearing masks, from Holy Thursday, 171 separate sanctions were reported from the Malaga capital. This is a complete reversal from last year when the streets were deserted due to the lockdown imposed by the federal government of Pedro Sanchez.
Although much busier this year, Malaga, due to the lack of foreign tourists, was well below capacity and certainly nowhere near the bustling metropolis we are used to witnessing. Beaches were quite full though, with many residents adhering to the new law of wearing masks, others not. Local police could be seen strolling and observing the sun worshippers along the sandy beaches of Torremolinos, beachgoers quickly throwing their masks on when alerted by other locals.
Confusion over wearing of masks
Social media has been rife with rumours about the wearing of masks on beaches, alongside swimming pools etc. What happened on the 30th March was that a NATIONAL law was introduced requiring the use of face masks by anybody over the age of 6 years in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, including beaches, swimming pools etc. These measures have been in place in Andalucia since the 20th of May 2020. Face masks must be worn if it is impossible to maintain 2 metres of social distancing.
Over 40,000 police were drafted in over the Easter period to monitor the borders in Andalucia. With 45 municipalities still closed off in the region, and thousands of kilometres to patrol, they were certainly kept busy.
To make people more aware, Malaga City Council posted a message on its social networks, in which it said that the 850 people were denounced this week, making the total of infractions opened by municipal agents for not using the mask since it’s start 29,236. Source- malagahoy.es/
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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