Tenerife police raid birthday party as 20 people gather during state of emergency

Guests attending the event in a house in the capital of Santa Cruz included children, as well as adults.

Police said: “This is something we didn’t want to see during this State of Emergency!”

The blatant breach of the rules has caused disbelief and uproar on the island which has seen most of the 36 coronavirus deaths so far in the Canary  Islands. There were nine new deaths in the Canaries within the last 24 hours and the total number of positive cases now exceeds 1,000.

Furious residents took to the social networks to express their disgust, slamming both the organiser of the party and the adults who attended as “irresponsible” and for putting lives at risk, including those of children.

Police confirmed officers from Unipol were called in to raid the party where 20 people were found inside the house.


Such events are specifically banned under the coronavirus restrictions and the owner has been reported. He or she will face a fine of up to 65,000 euros but angry residents say EVERYONE who attended the party should be fined as much as possible to make them, and others, think again about flouting the regulations.

“Fine them 3,000 euros each and they might learn their lesson,” said one.

Tenerife has already signalled its intention to get tough over offenders. A man who ignored repeating warnings to stop wandering around the streets of the capital was given the harshest sentence so far of six months in prison. He was spotted three miles from his home and pushed a police officer when reprimanded for the third time.

Health chiefs stress the Canaries still have the lowest risk of contagion in all of Spain, with the number of positive cases (3.7 per 10,000 inhabitants) still much lower than the Spanish average. The highest are La Rioja with 33 cases for every 10,000 inhabitants; Madrid, with 25.8 per 10,000 inhabitants; and Navarra with 23 positives for every 10,000 inhabitants.

Despite this, the Canary Government is urging everyone to stay at home unless they have to go out to the supermarket, chemist or bank, to walk the dog near their house, to travel to and from work or to care for someone in a vulnerable position.

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