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Police called to Spanish beach to break up 30-strong BAPTISM party flouting coronavirus rules 

Police were called to a Spanish beach to break up a BAPTISM party which was flouting coronavirus rules.

More than 30 people had set up camp to take
part in an orthodox service which, by tradition, involves tipping an adult or
teenager backwards into the sea.

The organisers have been reported for breaking
the regulations which ban gatherings of more than ten people. Police say they
acted irresponsibly and the celebration could have led to another coronavirus
outbreak.

The incident happened on the beach of La
Almadraba in Alicante.

The local council said the group had set up a
camp on the beach which was also unauthorised, having had no prior permission.

Officers were called out following complaints
and found more than 30 people preparing to take part in the ceremony.
“Supporters” wade out into the sea with the person being baptised,
accompanied by singing and prayers, before they are submerged under the water.

The ceremony had been due to start at noon but
police ordered everyone to go home. All the guests, not just the organisers,
face a fine.

“They were flouting the coronavirus rule
in the region which says no more than ten people can attend a social gathering
and were also not respecting social distancing,” said a council spokesman.