New criminal offence for those who organise illegal gatherings amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

New criminal offence for those who organise illegal gatherings amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Home Office has announced a new criminal offence for those who organise or facilitate illegal gatherings and breach social distancing restrictions ahead of the bank holiday on 31 August 2020 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Those who facilitate or organise illegal raves, unlicensed music events, or other illegal gatherings of over 30 people may face a fine of £10,000. The new criminal offence comes into force on 28 August 2020. Fines of £100 will continue to be issued to those who attend illegal gatherings and those who have already received a fine will see the amount doubled on each offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.

Source: Tougher fines ahead of Bank Holiday to crack down on illegal gatherings

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