News ID: 273858
Published: 1038 GMT September 07, 2020

Helicopter flies over beach in Spain ordering people to go home

Helicopter flies over beach in Spain ordering people to go home

This is the extraordinary moment a police helicopter flew over a Majorca beach in Spain, ordering sunbathers to leave by 9 p.m.

Civil Guard officers admitted they were putting a chopper up in the sky on a daily basis to make sure people using the island’s beaches obeyed new rules brought in to halt the spread of COVID-19, reported.

Parks are also being closed overnight in a bid to stop them being turned into party areas following the closure of nightspots.

In the case of Majorca’s beaches, the closures last from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The helicopter spotted on Friday flew over beaches in Palma and Calvia, the municipality which includes the Brit-popular resort of Magaluf.

The footage, published by island newspaper Diario de Mallorca, appeared to show some people holding up posters and angrily waving their arms at the chopper as if they felt the police move was a little over the top.

A Civil Guard spokesman said: “The diffusion of messages using megaphones from vehicles and helicopters at beaches and parks is being carried out on a daily basis. This is happening to make sure the new rules established by the Balearic Islands regional government regarding the new timetables, are adhered to.”

 The footage emerged a day after regional health chiefs in the Balearic Islands revealed they were laying the ground for night-time curfews in the areas worst-affected by COVID-19.

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