Unlawful gatherings will be targeted by Kent Police who will have additional officers on patrol this bank holiday weekend
Legislation introduced today (August 28) means anyone who organises or facilitates a gathering of more than 30 people – in breach of the coronavirus regulations – risks receiving a £10,000 fine. Members of the public who attend also risk a £100 fine, which can double for each incident up to a total of £3,200.
Kent Police officers have broken up or prevented a number of illegal gatherings across the county over the last two months.
Assistant Chief Constable Nicola Faulconbridge said: “While the vast majority of people in Kent are continuing to adhere to the existing lockdown restrictions, it is very disappointing that some are continuing to take unnecessary risks by organising and attending mass gatherings.
“Covid-19 has not gone away and continues to pose a serious risk to public health, not only for those who attend such gatherings but for everyone else they come into contact with after the event has finished. This may include elderly members of their own family, or other friends and relatives who may also be vulnerable to becoming seriously ill.
“Extra patrols will be on hand at key locations across the county this bank holiday weekend to ensure we are able to respond quickly to any reported mass gatherings, and we encourage anyone who believes an event is being organised in their local area to report it to us as soon as possible.”