'Stupid' Brits pack onto Zante party boat – and come home with Covid

EXCLUSIVE: Moment dozens of drunk Brits ignore social distancing to pack onto Zante party boat – as one admits ‘I feel so stupid’ after he and seven friends came home with Covid

  • Shocking video footage shows dozens of party-goers piling onto a Greek boat 
  • Singing and dancing, the tourists ignore social distancing as they cheer and clap
  • Warehouse worker Jaime Raine admitted feeling ‘stupid’ after catching Covid
  • The 20-year-old told MailOnline: ‘I feel dead guilty, it’s really bad out there’ 
  • He is now self-isolating in his bedroom in County Durham as he lives with his 77-year-old grandmother 

This the moment dozens of drunk British tourists ignore social distancing to pack out a Zante party boat as one admitted ‘I feel so stupid’ after he and seven friends came home with Covid.

In the footage, obtained by MailOnline, the holiday-makers appear to hug and dance with strangers as they defy rules designed to prevent the spread of the potentially fatal virus.

No one is wearing a mask, while bare-chested revellers wave sweat-soaked shirts over their heads as they bellow out football songs while sailing for several hours in the Mediterranean Sea.

This the moment dozens of drunk British tourists ignore social distancing to pack out a Zante party boat as one admitted ‘I feel so stupid’ after he and seven friends came home with Covid

In the footage, obtained by MailOnline, the holiday-makers appear to hug and dance with strangers as they defy rules designed to prevent the spread of the potentially fatal virus

No one is wearing a mask, while bare-chested revellers wave sweat-soaked shirts over their heads as they bellow out football songs while sailing for several hours in the Mediterranean Sea

Later, those on board joined hundreds of others in the island’s nightclubs and continued the party on the beaches afterwards.

One tourist has told of his guilt at selfishly bringing Covid-19 home.

Jamie Raine tested positive after returning home from a four-day trip to Zante. Two others with him tested negative.

Seven other friends who had gone to the Greek island the week before also caught Covid.

The 20-year-old, from Shildon in County Durham, is now self-isolating in his bedroom at home because he lives with his 77-year-old grandmother Maureen.

‘It was stupid,’ he told MailOnline. ‘It really wasn’t worth it – I feel dead guilty.

‘It’s really bad out there. Something like this could start a second wave of coronavirus. I don’t think people should go.

‘I guess the message is, don’t go on holiday and if you have to, have a more chilled out holiday with no night clubs.’

The warehouse worker paid Jet2.com £250 for a four-day package holiday to Zante, flying from Newcastle on 22nd August.

Despite government advice to avoid large gatherings and maintain social distancing, Jamie and his two friends Adam Scott, also 20, and Adam Pybus, 19, behaved as if it were business as usual.

He confessed: ‘It was just a normal lads’ holiday.

‘We tried to fit everything in in four days. We hired a boat, went to the water park, went on jet-skis and did loads of fun stuff.’

 The warehouse worker paid Jet2.com £250 for a four-day package holiday to Zante, flying from Newcastle on 22nd August

Despite government advice to avoid large gatherings and maintain social distancing, Jamie and Adam Scott (right), also 20, and Adam Pybus (left), 19, behaved as if it were business as usual. Of the three, Jamie was the only one to test positive but seven other friends who went the week before also caught coronavirus

Jamie said: ‘It wasn’t that strict. The clubs were packed. People go to the beach afterwards because they want something to do and there are hundreds and hundreds of people’

‘They [Greek authorities] put new rules in where you can’t stand up in clubs anymore, but there were people standing and the clubs were getting fined so they started shutting earlier.

‘It wasn’t that strict. The clubs were packed. People go to the beach afterwards because they want something to do and there are hundreds and hundreds of people.

‘There was no enforcement, nothing. Looking back now I wish I’d been more careful.

‘I didn’t think it was that bad over there, you didn’t have to quarantine, it looked as though there weren’t that many cases, so I thought it would be fine, but obviously not. It’s not safe.’

Jamie did not develop any symptoms while on the Greek island but got tested upon his return and discovered he had contracted the virus.

He explained: ‘A group of my friends had been to Zante the week before,’ he explained.

‘There were seven of them and they all tested positive while I was there. They said it was getting bad out there and told us to get a test when we got back.’

He added: ‘Just a few people coming back from Zante with Covid could spark an entire county getting shut down here.

‘It’s just not safe. My advice would be to anyone coming back from there to get a test just in case.

‘If I didn’t know I had it, I could be walking about now with Coronavirus.’

Jamie did not develop any symptoms while on the Greek island but got tested upon his return and discovered he had contracted the virus

He explained: ‘A group of my friends had been to Zante the week before,’ he explained. ‘There were seven of them and they all tested positive while I was there. They said it was getting bad out there and told us to get a test when we got back’

While Jamie undergoes quarantine, his mother Julie leaves food on a tray outside the room (above)

The 20-year-old cannot go back to work at Stanley, Black and Decker and his mother and step-father have had to take two-week off work too to quarantine

While Jamie undergoes quarantine, his mother Julie leaves food on a tray outside the room.

The 20-year-old cannot go back to work at Stanley, Black and Decker and his mother and step-father have had to take two-week off work too to quarantine.

Hundreds of holidaymakers from Wales were told to quarantine after several groups returned from Zante with the virus on a Tui flight to Cardiff on August 25.

Another 30 tourists from Plymouth were found to be infected after returning from Zante in August.

A school in Buckinghamshire delayed the beginning of the autumn term after 20 pupils came back from Zante with the virus.

The Greek island of Zante has since tried to crack down on social distancing.

Boat parties are now banned and gatherings of more than nine people – indoors and outdoors – have been banned. Masks must to worn in public spaces.

Scotland has now announced anyone returning from Greece will have to quarantine.

But currently tourists returning to England and Wales do not. 

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