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Benidorm announces return to late-night boozing hours after bar fights and vomiting in Malaga meltdown – The Sun

BENIDORM has announced the return of late night boozing – just hours after Malaga was rocked by bar fights and vomiting.

Bars at the popular Brit resort were told they could re-open until 11pm at the end of last week but have now been given the green light to serve till 1am from tonight.

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The resort’s mayor Toni Perez recently said late-night drinking in Benidorm would be back as Spain eased out of its coronavirus lockdown and the health situation improved.

The decision to allow terraces comes as Malaga was by hit violence as expats fought in the street just two days after the port city's pubs reopened.

Bins and chairs were thrown during one brawl which broke out just 48 hours into phase one of Malaga's coronavirus exit plan.

In Benidorm, Brit expats have able to enjoy their first pub pints in nearly two months.

Officials confirmed bars were now being allowed to stay open until later because customers – including British expats – and the few tourists still in town had been impeccably behaved since they were re-opened.

Last week Mr Perez insisted he hadn’t given up hope of seeing British tourists back this year.

And he said he was confident Covid-19 would not beat our Brits affair with the famous Costa Blanca resort.

“The British are our number one international tourists,” he said.

“Benidorm is their home and I’m sure we’ll be in many peoples’ minds this summer if they can’t end up coming.

“I haven’t given up hope of seeing British tourists back this summer.”

Customers can only be served on outside bar tables until a new easing of restrictions and social distancing rules must be observed.

Benidorm has been hit by a Spanish quarantine on international travellers – which is expected to be lifted at the end of June – and a UK quarantine set to kick in next month.

Mr Perez predicted normal Spanish-style timetables would be adopted as the summer drew nearer.

“Benidorm will be a safe place and a prepared place in this new reality we are all living and peoples’ health will always be paramount even though the economy is also very important.

“But Benidorm will also be a fun place and I hope British people will be able to savour it very shortly, whether they’re first-time visitors or regulars.”

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