POLICE cleared sunbathers out of a picturesque bay on Spain’s party island Ibiza on Thursday afternoon for violating social distancing rules.
A member of the public had tipped off the Sant Josep Local Police force there were about 100 people in the small cove, many of them boozing, and some of them stretched out on the flimsy roofs of boatsheds.
The officers judged the number of people gathered in the cove made it impossible to respect the minimum distance from others to prevent the possible risk of Covid-19 infection and told them all to pack up their stuff and go, with a warning, but no fines.
“We all want to enjoy our island, but we have to do so using our heads and with a bit of patience,” the police later commented on social media in a post justifying their position.
San Josep Deputy Mayor Angel Luis Guerrero said he supported the police’s decision.
“We are not safe yet, and we have to maintain the precautions so as not to go back to where we were two months ago.
“We have some fantastic beaches, and we have sufficient kilometres of coast to be able to avoid crowds like this which have forced police intervention.”