Benidorm coronavirus cops use sunbeds to spell out ‘Stay at home’ to Brit expats amid Spain lockdown

COPS in Benidorm used abandoned sunbeds to spell out the words ‘STAY AT HOME’ amid Spain's new coronavirus lockdown.

Officers took advantage of an eerily deserted beach to hammer home the stark message to tourists and expats in the much-loved holiday resort.

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In the Costa del Sol – home to 50,000 Brits –  those caught outside without a good reason now face jail or fines of up to £25,000.

The quirky sunbed message came after helicopters and drones took to the skies at the weekend to ensure everybody confined themselves indoors.

Maggie Wilson told Euro Weekly News:  "I saw lots of policeman heading to the beach from my balcony and wondered what the hell they were doing.

"It was only as they got into a few letters that I worked it out. It was lovely to watch without being able to go to bingo today… it made me smile anyway.

"It's just a shame that they have to go to such measures as people don’t listen.”

At the weekend, cops drove up and down beaches on the Costas with megaphones telling those breaking the lockdown to abandon the sands or face the consequences.

In Benidorm's town centre, worried town hall officials even used emergency loud speakers mounted on cars to demand holidaymakers stay off the streets.

Footage posted on Twitter – by @IrenaInBenidorm – showed virtually deserted streets as eerie warnings were played.

The speakers blasted in Spanish then English: "Attention please. An emergency state has been activated due to the coronavirus.

"You must stay safely at your accommodation or home and follow instructions from local authorities.

"Avoid beach areas and promenades. Keep a safe distance from other people.

"Stay at home. Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience."

The government in Madrid declared a state of emergency over COVID-19 forcing expats and tourists to sit out the crisis.

Thousands of Brits are now stranded in Spain after the country entered its two-week clampdown.

The outbreak has killed 288 in Spain, a figure which doubled over the weekend, while the number infected now stands at 7,753.

Photos from the resort taken over the weekend showed Brits guzzling beer in the street after it was revealed bars and clubs in the resort are to be closed for at least a fortnight.

A no-nonsense ban came into force in Spain on Saturday allowing people to leave their homes or hotels only under certain "emergency" conditions.

They include going to buy food and pharmaceutical products, getting to their workplace, visiting hospitals and filling their cars up with petrol.

On Saturday JET2 and TUI cancelled hundreds of flights to Spain with planes forced to turn around mid-air in the coronavirus chaos.

At least five Jet2 flights heading to Malaga and Alicante from the UK had to perform a dramatic U-turn.

Jet2 – based at nine UK airports and flies to Benidorm, Malaga and Lanzarote – cancelled all flights to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands for at least the next seven days.

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