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Public drinking banned across Catalonia

Fines of up to €15,000 set for those who do not comply with new rules

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28 July 2020 02:28 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Catalan government has banned public drinking in an effort to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. 

Since the beginning of the de-escalation process, researchers have found that more and more newly confirmed Covid-19 positive results are appearing among younger demographics, with nightlife and large social gatherings blamed for the uptick in new cases.

Noncompliance with the new order could lead to fines amounting between €3,001 and €15,000. 

The new resolution has already been approved by the Civil Protection body, and was signed off “for reasons of public health”  in the words of the spokeswoman of the Catalan government spokesperson, Meritxell Budó. 

Thus, the shared consumption of alcohol on beaches and in public squares and roads in the country is prohibited. 

The government has also pointed out that they will leave the responsibility for ensuring the new order in the hands of local councils, and they will also be in charge of imposing the "serious sanctions" involved.

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  • Local police in Reus fine a group of youths for public drinking in March 2020 (photo courtesy of Reus city hall)

  • Local police in Reus fine a group of youths for public drinking in March 2020 (photo courtesy of Reus city hall)

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