People hosting unlawful gatherings in England will face tougher fines for breaching coronavirus social distancing restrictions, announced the government on Sunday, ahead of national public holiday in next week in UK.The statement issued by the Home Office warned,”Those facilitating or organizing illegal raves, unlicensed music events, or any other unlawful gathering of 30 people or more may face a £10,000 [$13,000] fine – placing a new deterrent on the breaches that put the public most at risk.”
It also stated that those participating in illegal gatherings, as well as those who do not wear face covering where it is mandatory, might be fined around 100 pounds (USD130), on each offense the amount will double up to 3,200 pounds ($4,188).
“These gatherings are dangerous and those who organise them show a blatant disregard for the safety of others. I am pleased the police have already stepped up their response and I am giving them the tools they need to continue to keep us safe. We will continue to crack down on the small minority who think they are above the law,” said Priti Patel,Home Secretary Priti Patel in the written statement.
As per the official release, the London Metropolitan Police has responded to more than 1,000 unlicensed events since the end of June, receiving information on more than 200 events across the city in a single weekend.
The statement also said that apart from the risk of spreading the coronavirus, many events are linked to criminality and also turn violent.