About 25,000 Spanish students hold 'macro-botellon' drinking party

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About 25,000 Spanish students hold 'macro-botellon' drinking party

<div> <p><span class="caps">MADRID</span> – About 25,000 people took part in the biggest illegal drinking party in Madrid since the start of the <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 pandemic, police said on Saturday. </p> <p>The “macro-botellon,” as these outside drinking parties are called, started at the Complutense University in Madrid on Friday. </p> <p>Madrid’s Municipal Police said because of the large numbers involved in the party, they were unable to clear the drinkers until 7 a.m. Saturday. </p> <p>Video of the party showed thousands of revellers not wearing masks or maintaining social distancing. </p> <p>“It is the biggest botellon that we have seen since the start of the <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 pandemic,” a police spokesman told Reuters. </p> <p>Madrid’s regional government will relax restrictions from Monday so that bars and clubs can stay open until 6 a.m., from the 2 a.m. close currently. People must still wear masks indoors and maintain a distance of 1.5 metres if social distancing is not possible.</p> <p>However, mass drinking parties are still illegal and punishable with fines for taking part between 500 euros ($586.25) for minors and 600 euros ($703.50) for adults. Organisers face fines of up to 600,000 euros ($703,500.00) if a court judges it is an activity which puts public health at risk. </p> <p>There were other mass drinking parties in Barcelona and the northern Spanish city of Logroño on Friday night, authorities said. </p> <p>($1 = 0.8529 euros)</p> <p/> </div>