A maximum of eight people may gather
The proposal provides that the police may cancel or disperse a public meeting or assembly with more than 8 participants. Anyone who organises an event in violation of the ban may face a fine or prison sentence of up to six months.
Previously, a 50-person limit for public assemblies was in effect, but now the government is proposing a further restriction. The motivation is to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease covid-19.
The former exemption for gatherings and events held at restaurants will be removed.
Public gatherings include:
- gatherings that constitute demonstrations or which are otherwise held for discussion, expression of opinion or providing information on public or private matters;
- lectures and speeches held for the purposes of teaching or for public or civic education;
- gatherings for religious practice;
- theatrical and cinema performances, concerts and other gatherings for the performance of artistic work, and
- other gatherings at which freedom of assembly is exercised.
Public events include:
- competitions and exhibitions in sports and aviation;
- dance performances;
- fairground amusements and parades;
- markets and fairs, and
- other events not regarded as public gatherings or circus performances.
- Schools, public transport, private events and visits to shops are excluded.