Friday night’s fracas which ended up with six Spanish people assaulting police officers is completely unrelated to the premises they were found near, management of the Spinola Bay bar that itself ended up in headlines has announced.
“We would like to clarify that our snack bar was operating strictly for take-out food and drinks, and at no point were clients allowed to eat or drink in the premises,” the Happy Dayz management clarified.
It all went down on Friday night, when the St. Julian’s police was informed of a group of people gathered in front of the bar at about 10pm. The group of three Spanish men and three women drinking by the bar was reported because they broke Malta’s current social distancing regulation of not more than four people per group in public, but police had initially received information that the waterfront bar was also open.
When the police went to take their details, the group assaulted them, with one 36-year-old woman breaking the sergeant’s glasses and damaging the police’s radio and police car.
In a statement, Happy Dayz Bar distanced itself from the incident, saying the management “have always, and will always, take all the necessary actions to operate safely and legally”.
“The incident described in the media regarding a group of six Spanish persons is unrelated to the bar,” the statement reads. “The mentioned group had music and drinks in their private car and were on public land, strictly not in the bar premises.”
Sharing photos of the bar’s current post-COVID state, with overturned tables covered in plastic and police tape to deter people from walking in, Happy Dayz’ management gave some more details on the bar’s latest measures.
“A new set up was in place and clients were served from the entrance of the premises,” the statement reads. “The counter was equipped with plastic screen protection, ensured a separation of over one meter to a client, and hand sanitizer was readily available for use by everyone.”
“A notice also advised clients to queue outside one by one,” it continued. “This is in light of respecting the current health measures and social distancing.”