When a swingers party was raided by police the guests believe the uniformed officers were strippers who were the highlight of the show.
Twenty couples were disccovered breaking COVID-19 restrictions at the secret sex party in the Argentine city of Mar del Plata, which is 380 km (236 miles) south of the capital Buenos Aires.
Police went to the party at a remote farm after a caller complained that the couples were using the farm for “unusual reasons”.
When officers entered the building, they found the place decorated with candelabras, purple lighting and sex videos were playing.
“We realised that they thought we were part of the show, that we were strippers,” a police source told Infobae, a local online newspaper.
A woman who was among the guests at the swingers party approached a police officer and told him: “What lovely eyes you have, you turn me on.”
A judicial source said: “We knew what the theme of the party was because of a video which was playing, among other things.”
Gustavo Jara, secretary for general security for Mar del Plata, said the couples were “respectful and joked about what happened”.
“Most of the people did not know what happened when we arrived. One of them, when they realized that we were not strippers, told us: ‘Oh we enjoyed the show. It was comic and absurd at the same time,” Mr Jara said.
All those present at the party, which happened last weekend, will face fines.
Restrictions on the size of meetings in Argentina vary according to region. In the Buenos Aires province, which includes Mar del Plata, gatherings are limited to up to ten people, they must wear face masks and maintain a distance of two metres.
After a surge in COVID-19 cases, Argentina introduced tougher restrictions on travellers, banning flights from the UK among other European countries, and limiting entry to Argentine nationals, residents and staff of airlines and other travel companies. Anyone entering the country must also take a PCR test within 72 hours.
Argentine Health Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia urged the public on Wednesday to take every precaution to contain the spread of coronavirus to prevent the need for tougher lockdown measures.
“We are walking a fine line where prevention, care and compliance with health regulations are essential to avoid further restrictions,” he said.
He said that the transmission rate of COVID-19 rate in Buenos Aires and the rest of the country was higher in December than in June.
Argentina has reported 1,744,704 cases of COVID-19 and 44,848 deaths from the infection on Tuesday.