BRITISH tourists boozing it up in Barcelona and surrounding resorts are being ordered to stop partying amid a sudden spike in Covid-19 infections.
Local authorities fear a harsh lockdown is on the cards for the Catalonian capital after coronavirus cases rocketed by more than 10,000 in the past fortnight.
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Although the Spanish government declared Spain a safe country to travel, thousands of British tourists have been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days on their return from Spain or face a £1,000 fine.
Catalonia and its capital Barcelona are at the heart of the coronavirus rebound with 10,134 in the last two weeks after a nationwide lockdown was lifted.
Nightclubs have now been closed while bars and restaurants were told to shut at midnight.
With nightclubs closed, authorities have moved to stamp out outdoor raves, with anyone ignoring the ban facing fines of up to £14,000.
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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.
“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.”
On Friday, Mr Torra circulated on social media a video in which young people themselves warn of the dangers.
If we continue with the current pace of social life the only thing we will accomplish is to worsen the situation
In the clip, one teenager warns: “Coronavirus attacks at night and especially the younger population.”
In many parts of Catalonia — which in 2019 was the Spanish region most visited by foreign tourists — the number of infections is now similar to the situation before Spain declared a national lockdown in March.
But as Covid-19 cases rocketed in Barcelona, pictures show the city’s beaches are packed amid 30C temperatures.
Meanwhile defiant Brits have flown to Spain today to avoid losing thousands on pre-booked holidays.
Travellers defied Boris Johnson’s warnings of a second coronavirus wave in Europe as well as a forced quarantine on their return and took to the skies regardless.
Pictures showed scores of passengers queuing up at Heathrow Airport today and Brits arriving in Malaga from London, Liverpool and Manchester.
Holiday plans for millions were thrown into chaos after an effective travel ban was slapped on Spain over the weekend due to a spike in coronavirus cases.
Mr Johnson said today that there were signs of a second wave of coronavirus in Europe as he defended the Government’s decision to impose a 14-day quarantine restriction on those returning from Spain.