Breach of COVID-19 Regulations Success
Sonn Macmillan Walker represented an alleged wedding party organiser with breach of the Covid regulations in force in October.
The CPS withdrew the case when it was pointed out that, despite Government guidance, the relevant regulations actually criminalised only the holding of an indoors gathering of 30 people or more if the gathering was of the kind mentioned in section 63(1) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (powers to remove persons attending or preparing for a rave) if it took place in the open air.
Section 63(1) relates to gatherings where amplified music is played during the night and is such as, by reason of its loudness and duration of time at which it is played, is likely to cause serious distress to the inhabitants of the locality. There was no evidence of such music at the wedding and the case was therefore patently incapable of being proved.
David Sonn acted as solicitor and advocate in this matter.