Raving in a pandemic

Despite a devastating pandemic, the parties haven’t stopped entirely. “Even during lockdown I’ve heard stories of a lot of illegal raves going on. I don’t think the pandemic can even really grind it completely to a halt,” says Gordon.But the lockdown raves aren’t being run by established promoters, which have totally halted throwing events as the pandemic hit the UK and forced the closure of all places for people to gather in groups.And the raves are causing concern among authorities, both in terms of safety and public health. “In an unlicensed event like the ones we saw last weekend, on some occasions, emergency services workers struggled to get to people who were in need because of the sheer number of people who were in attendance and the non-existent planning around crowd management and safety,” said Manchester Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey.

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