A rave party brought together between 5,000 and 7,000 people in Lozère in early August despite the regulations in force due to the coronavirus crisis. - PASCAL GUYOT / AFP

To avoid the holding of a possible rave party this weekend, the prefecture of Maine-et-Loire on Friday banned any musical gathering in the department between August 14 and August 17, as well as the movement of heavy goods vehicles that can transport sound equipment.

The prefect of Loiret has also taken similar measures, in force between early Friday evening until Tuesday, with the same objective of preventing the possible holding of a rave party in the department.

In Lozère last weekend, in the midst of an epidemic, a giant rave party had gathered several thousand people in the Cévennes natural park, provoking the indignation of some inhabitants.

Prevent "a festive gathering of a musical nature"

According to the prefecture of Maine-et-Loire, this is to prevent "a festive gathering of a musical nature and which may bring together several thousand participants", likely to be organized during the weekend, but for which no prior declaration has not been filed. Faced with the risks of disturbing public order and the health risks associated with the Covid-19 epidemic, any gathering of the teknival or rave party type is prohibited throughout the department between August 14 and August 17, warns a first arrested.

At the same time, a second decree prohibits the movement of heavy goods vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes carrying musical equipment, in particular sound systems , amplifiers, sound systems.


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