By Ron Howells •
Published: 16 May 2021 • 20:49
Palma Police Deal With More Illegal Street Parties. image: Twitter
Police In Spain’s Barcelona Cleared Over 9,000 Party Revellers From It’s Streets And Beaches On Sunday.
Spanish police said they had to clear more than 9,000 revellers from Barcelona’s city centre streets and the nearby beach on Sunday, May 16, so as to prevent dangerous overcrowding on the first full weekend after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, according to a report from abc.
Many in the crowd (mainly youths) had taken part in mass drinking sessions known as “botellones”, police said. Culture Minister José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, speaking at an event in Madrid, urged young people to continue to follow social distancing rules.
“I know what it means to have lived with lots of restrictions and that need to go out, but I ask you to do it carefully, to enjoy yourself, but to be very careful and to continue to respect security measures,” Rodríguez Uribes said.
The Spanish government recently lifted a six-month state of emergency on May 9 at midnight (2200 GMT), so this was the first chance for revellers to party throughout the weekend. There are still some restrictions in place. In Catalonia whose capital is Barcelona, bars and restaurants are open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and the maximum number of people allowed at tables is four.
With no more curbs on moving around the country, many Spaniards took a mini-break over the weekend.
Traffic authorities reported a 42% rise in cars leaving major cities on Friday compared with the same time the previous week. Tourist chiefs in the southeastern resort of Benidorm said hotel bookings were at 60%.
One of Europe’s worst-hit nations, Spain has recorded 79,339 coronavirus deaths and 3.6 million cases, according to health ministry data on Friday, May 14, but infection rates have fallen and nearly a third of the population has now received at least one vaccination dose.
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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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