More stringent penalties have been introduced earlier this month in an attempt to combat illegal raves taking place across the UK. These gatherings are not ideal during a pandemic as they cause a higher risk of spreading coronavirus, as there are no safety measures in place, such as face masks and keeping a two-meter distance.
Under the new coronavirus laws, gatherings of more than 30 people have been made illegal with fines doubling to £3200 for those with previous penalties. Organisers of the illicit events are at risk of being fined £10,000.
London, Telford, Leeds and Merseyside are a few of the places where there have been reports of illegal raves, many of these raves include anti-social behaviour and drug use. In Manchester, 6000 people gathered at two illegal raves in which a man died, three people were stabbed, and a woman was raped.
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel said, “these gatherings are dangerous, and those who organise them show a blatant disregard for the safety of others.” Police have warned that they will be using dogs and drones to find illegal raves and those taking part will face penalties and arrests.
Words by Memoona Ali