Wednesday 14th July 2021 – XÀBIA AL DÍA with Mike Smith
Xàbia’s Local Police broke up 80 ‘botellones’ by young people who were mainly in the Arenal area and fined four hospitality venues for breach of current regulations. Officers also broke up several house parties which breached current measures against the spread of COVID-19.
According to Levante-EMV, the number of these illegal street parties soared over the weekend, the first since the Generalitat Valenciana announced new measures to counter the increase in infection spread across the region. Most were located in the Arenal beach zone where youngsters opted to continue their evenings after nightlife venues closed at 12.30am. Officers broke up 40 such drinking sessions on Friday night, around 35 on Saturday night and two on Sunday night.
Such illegal gatherings are considered a severe infraction of the current measures to face COVID-19 and fines between 601 and 30,000 euros can be dished out to offenders. However, officers decided that this weekend would be about raising awareness among the young people of the new regulations, which will remain in place until at least Sunday 25th July, and no fines were issued, although the culprits were warned of expensive consequences if they chose to ignore the rules.
Officers were also called to 15 homes where private parties were being held – gatherings of more than 10 people inside or outside, in public or in private, are currently prohibited – and it is known that at least one fine was issued. In addition, four hospitality venues were also reported for failing to comply with the necessary regulations.
Finally, officers also evicted ten badly parked camper vans from the coast and towed away several cars which were badly parked – some in spaces reserved for disabled – in the cove of La Granadella.