Thirty-eight exchange students of different nationalities have been forced to clean a beach after officers found they had gathered there illegally for a boozy party.
The incident took place when local residents called the police about a large number of people who had gathered on the Carnota Beach in the city of A Coruna, in the north-western Spanish region of Galicia for an alcohol-fuelled party, breaking lockdown rules.
Officers went to the scene and the group of youngsters said they were living in the cities of A Coruna and Santiago de Compostela and had decided to meet up on social media.
Local media report a lot of them did not know each other but had heard about the event on social media. The group included people from Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and France, among others, but it is unclear if any British people were involved.
The area was in phase 2 of Spain’s de-escalation programme at the time, limiting gatherings to a maximum of 15 people.
The officers decided not to fine the group but were instead told to clean the beach which is part of the Natura 2000 Network of sites which are provided ecological protection in Spain.
The students accepted the officers’ decision, saying they had chosen to go to the site as it is a beach with no buildings or development and “there was no risk of coronavirus”.
The group are said to have left the beach spotless, whilst other revellers who were late to the party were also forced to clean on arrival.
The group were wearing normal clothing and not swimsuits, according to an unnamed police officer reported in local media.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has registered 241,550 cases of COVID-19 and 27,136 related deaths.