Benidorm’s fancy dress party sees up to 20,000 boozy Brits shrug off Covid fears as they hit resort bars

THOUSANDS of boozy Brits defied the party-pooping pandemic and dressed up in their mad-rags for the Benidorm fancy dress day.

Despite Covid-19 raging across Europe, an estimated 20,000 partygoers were determined to have fun where they could at the infamous Costa Blanca resort’s annual November celebrations.

The event had been reportedly officially cancelled this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

But British revellers decided to hold it anyway and the resort’s police could only patrol it on standby.

Spain has so far not seen a huge surge in Covid cases but elsewhere hospitals are filling up with victims of the virus. 

The worst-hit is Austria. It will plunge itself into a nationwide lockdown from Monday as Covid cases soar and ward corridors fill with dead bodies.

People who can't show proof of being jabbed and are caught going into shops, pubs, clubs and cinemas face being slapped with a €500 fine while business owners could be slugged for €3,600, according to the Interior Ministry.

Under the new measures coming in next week, Austrians are being told to work from home while non-essential shops will be closed.

It comes as German Chancellor Angela Merkel slapped fresh curbs on public life for unvaccinated people in areas where hospital beds are filling up fast with Covid patients while Belgium's Prime Minister said the continent was on "red alert".

Meanwhile, Greece has imposed more restrictions on unvaccinated people and barred them from all indoor spaces following a recent surge in cases.

But with cases relatively low in Spain, tens of thousands of Brits rubbed shoulders with each other in Benidorm with barely a face mask in sight.

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