According to authorities, over 25,000 people attended the largest illegal drinking party in Madrid since the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The “macro-botellon,” as these outside drinking parties are known, began on Friday at Madrid’s Complutense University.
Because to the vast number of people partaking in the celebration, Madrid’s Municipal Police stated they would not be able to remove the drinkers until 7 a.m. Saturday.
Thousands of partygoers were seen on video not wearing masks or maintaining social distance.
“It is the biggest botellon that we have seen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” a police spokesman told Reuters.
Madrid’s regional government will relax restrictions from Monday so that bars and clubs can stay open until 6 a.m., from the 2 a.m. close currently. People must still wear masks indoors and maintain a distance of 1.5 metres if social distancing is not possible.
However, mass drinking parties are still illegal and punishable with fines for taking part between 500 euros ($586.25) for minors and 600 euros ($703.50) for adults. Organisers face fines of up to 600,000 euros ($703,500.00) if a court judges it is an activity which puts public health at risk.
There were other mass drinking parties in Barcelona and the northern Spanish city of Logroño on Friday night, authorities said.
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