Drakeford ‘concern’ that lack of social distancing among young people is spreading Covid-19

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford at a daily Coronavirus press conference.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that he is “concerned” after hearing reports that a lack of social distancing among young people is spreading Covid-19.

He said that even if younger people tended not to be badly affected by coronavirus there was a risk that it could be passed on to others.

His comments came after police criticised as “irresponsible” the actions at a rave involving thousands of people in a rural village.

South Wales Police said it had been called to a “large gathering” at Banwen on the edge of the Brecon Beacons.

“I’m concerned by reports a lack of social distancing by a minority of young people has led to the spread of coronavirus,” Mark Drakeford said.

“I understand how tough it’s been for young people and why there’s a desire to get back to life before, but coronavirus has not gone away.

“Even if you feel you wouldn’t be badly affected by coronavirus, passing it onto older/more vulnerable family members, friends or colleagues could be fatal.

“You can still socialise, but please think of the risks – keep 2m apart, wash hands and work with our contact tracers.”

 

‘Anti-social’

The Welsh Government’s restrictions currently allow for up to 30 people to meet outdoors.

But in a Facebook post South Wales Police said that they were aware and in attendance “at a large gathering of people for a rave in the Banwen area”.

“We are working to engage with organisers and attendees in order to remind them of their obligations under the current Coronavirus legislation and the overarching goal for everyone to take personal responsibility by following Welsh Government regulations to Keep Wales Safe,” they said.

“Those gathering in large numbers and engaging in anti-social behaviour will know that their actions are irresponsible.

“To the parents or guardians of young people, we would ask you ensure that you know where their children are and what they are doing.

“We are also working closely with a number of agencies, including the local authority, to address issues arising from this event including indiscriminate parking and offending vehicles will be removed if appropriate.”

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