Beaches in Barcelona reached capacity over the weekend, despite pleas from local authorities for people to stay at home as Covid-19 cases rose in the region.
Earlier on Sunday, authorities urged 96,000 residents of three Catalan towns to stay at home, as part of a tightening of Covid-19 restrictions. This came after residents in Barcelona were on Friday advised to leave their home only for essential trips.
However, thousands ignored the stay-at-home calls. Barceloneta beach, a favourite among tourists, reached capacity on Sunday and had to be closed as bathers queued up to access the beach.
Spain emerged from a nationwide lockdown on June 21, and UK tourists can now visit without needing to go into quarantine.
The latest figures from Catalonia’s regional health ministry show a daily increase of 944 cases, although the stay-at-home instructions stop short of a mandatory lockdown.
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Passport Office chaos forces families to cancel holidays
European holiday hotspots now cheaper than a train ride to Cornwall
Australian state makes face masks mandatory after surge in cases
Amsterdam urges people not to visit red light district
Catalonia asks thousands to stay at home as cases surge
Hong Kong sees record daily high of new cases
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