Brits in Barcelona told 'stop partying' as outdoor drinkers risk £13,000 fines

Brits in Barcelona have been warned to ‘stop partying’ with outdoor drinkers facing fines of up to £13,000.

The region of Catalonia has banned informal outdoor parties popular with youngsters.

Anyone taking part could be fined up to €15,000 (£13625.48) in the latest step to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The measure was announced a day after Catalan leader Quim Torra said those participating in the tradition of “botellon,” whereby young people gather at night on the street or in parks to share drinks and party, were being irresponsible.

“For public health reasons, the shared consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets and in any other open public space is banned in all Catalonia,” government spokeswoman Meritxell Budo told reporters, referring to the “botellones”.



Anyone ignoring the ban would be fined between €3,000 and €15,000, Budo said, with municipalities in charge of monitoring and enforcement.

Regional leader Quim Torra said: “If we continue with the current pace of social life the only thing we will accomplish is to worsen the situation.”



Brits in Barcelona told 'stop partying' as outdoor drinkers risk £13,000 fines


Brits in Barcelona told 'stop partying' as outdoor drinkers risk £13,000 fines

The leader added : “We’re facing the 10 most important days of this summer.

“Ten days to know if with a new collective effort we are capable of beginning to correct this situation.

“Everything depends on the next 10 days.”



Brits in Barcelona told 'stop partying' as outdoor drinkers risk £13,000 fines


Brits in Barcelona told 'stop partying' as outdoor drinkers risk £13,000 fines

Catalonia, which is Spain’s second-most populous region, is its worst affected by the coronavirus with 75,613 cases, including 10,134 in the last two weeks.

The German government on Tuesday followed France’s lead and advised its citizens not to travel to tourism-dependent Catalonia, which said it regretted the decision.

The Catalan government on Friday ordered the closure of all nightclubs, while bars and restaurants were told to shut at midnight in dozens of municipalities, including Barcelona.

It had earlier recommended that some four million people stay home and avoid all non-essential trips.

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