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Britons in crowded Costa del Sol pub found flouting 6pm Covid-19 rules

The interior of the pub.
The interior of the pub. / SUR
  • Behind locked doors in Mijas Costa, police discovered several dozen people drinking alcohol, not wearing face masks or maintaining social distancing rules while watching a football game on the screens

The owners of a bar in Mijas Costa on Spain's Costa del Sol have been reported after police allegedly found several dozen 'foreigners - mainly British' flouting the regional government’s restrictions designed to try and halt the spread of the coronavirus

Guardia Civil officers were tipped off to the alleged breach of the no-alcohol sales in bars between 6pm and 8pm at Our Bar at the El Zoco de Calahonda shopping centre.

According to sources, when the police first arrived at the pub at 6.30pm on 19 December, the owners initially refused to open the locked shutters.

But after support arrived the officers gained access and found the bar full of "foreigners – mainly British" who were "drinking alcohol as if there were no restrictions" and watching a football game on the screens.

They also allegedly found the customers not wearing face masks or maintaining social distancing.

After the raid the owners of the bar could now face a fine of between 3,001 and 60,000 euros for breaking the Junta de Andalucía’s rules.