Monday, October 26, 2020

English youth planning weekend raves before Rule of 6 takes hold

The prime minister has warned that the draconian new restrictions could be here for weeks.

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Young ravers are planning to “run riot” this weekend before the new six-person limit social rules are enforced.

It’s all being organised on social media, and many venues across the country are already sold out, says Mail Online.

Partygoers in Liverpool, Manchester and London definitely want to let their hair down this weekend.

Their planned parties can’t be described as being in defiance of the so-called “Rule of 6” as that doesn’t come into force until Monday, so they have one last weekend for a knees-up.

The Rule of 6 states that no more than six people may get together either inside or outside.

The prime minister warned that the draconian new restrictions could be here for weeks.

Boris Johnson has said it may even continue in force until Christmas and beyond if the current spike in Covid-19 cases is not contained.

Chief medical officer Chris Whitty is pointing an accusatory finger at the youth of “Generation Z” for being behind the surge.

This has come as a knock-back for millions of English youngsters who have just spent three months in lockdown, and who have recently been trying to revive their social lives at Johnson’s urging.

In a drastic change of tune, Johnson has now said, “You must not meet socially in groups of more than six – and if you do, you will be breaking the law. It will be enforced by the police. Anyone breaking the rules risks being arrested.”

Don’t plan your Christmas parties yet, is the message.

Scotland has just announced it is also bringing in the Rule of 6. But family gatherings will be less affected there than in England after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that children under 12 will be exempt.

However, Hogmanay, as the Scots call their New Year’s Eve celebrations, could be a bit of a washout if the restrictions stretch into 2021.

Many are questioning why the Rule of 6 is being brought into force from Monday and not immediately.

Some of the questions swirling around social media are: Is the virus having the weekend off before getting back to work on Monday?

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