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Police Helicopter Seen Flying Over Spanish Beach Telling People To Leave

Police Helicopter Seen Flying Over Spanish Beach Telling People To Leave

A police helicopter has been spotted flying over a beach in Spain ordering people to go home.

Footage shows a unit from the Civil Guard hovering over the coastline in Palma and Calvià, Majorca, to make sure people were following the new rules that had been put in place.

This has seen bars and nightclubs close, as well as parks and beaches being shut over night.

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In Majorca, the beaches have to be clear between 9pm and 7am, with people being moved on by officers.

Speaking about the tactics being used by police, a spokesperson for the Civil Guard said they will be in force every night.

The statement reads: "The diffusion of messages using megaphones from vehicles and helicopters at beaches and parks is being carried out on a daily basis.

Beaches in Majorca have to be closed between 9pm and 7am. Credit: Solarpix
Beaches in Majorca have to be closed between 9pm and 7am. Credit: Solarpix
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"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 comes as local government officials in the Balearic Islands look set to lay out new, stricter measures, with potential night-time curfews being installed in areas that are worst hit by Covid-19.

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According to reports, places such a San Antonio in Ibiza and Deià in Majorca are among 15 municipalities that could see tougher restrictions implemented in the coming weeks.

As well as the night-time curfew, it's understood that people could be limited to meeting up in groups of five people.

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The regional government is due to confirm on Monday (7 September) which areas will be targeted first, and what measures are going to be adopted to reduce the spread of the deadly virus.

The Civil Guard says the tactic is being used ever night. Credit: Solarpix
The Civil Guard says the tactic is being used ever night. Credit: Solarpix
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Restrictions on people's movement, enabling them to leave home only for school and work, or to carry out necessities such as food shopping, have also been talked about.

Regional health minister Patricia Gomez revealed the plans at a press briefing on Thursday (3 September) alongside the Balearic Islands government president Francina Armengol.

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Mrs Armengol said: "People could still go to work and school.

"The only thing we're looking at doing is suspending social activity so we can halt the spread of the virus."

If the tough measures are introduced in the Balearics, it's feared they will heavily impact the tourist trade.

However, Rafa Ruiz, the mayor of Ibiza Town, which has been mentioned as one of the areas being looked at, said that after speaking with government heads he was quite confident the situation would improve and none of the measures proposed will be necessary.

Featured Image Credit: Solarpix

Topics: Coronavirus, Spain, Health

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