Numerous students broke the new six rules restrictions last night when they queued outside a nightclub in Portsmouth and went down to the streets of the seaside town to enjoy a night of partying.
Young night owls, including Portsmouth University students who had recently arrived in the city of Hampshire at the start of their academic year, swapped a night at home to queue up outside the Astoria on Guildhall Walk and visit the numerous pubs and bars.
Crowds of alcoholic night owls were in high spirits as they crouched in large groups without face masks and took to the streets in the early hours of the morning to celebrate with their friends amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to The Astoria, each group is assigned a table that can seat a maximum of six people in the club.
Upon entry, guests are also asked to disinfect their hands, must remain in their "party bubble" and a thermal imaging system is also in operation.
The scenes come when Portsmouth University warned the thousands of students who were due to come to town on October 5th to begin the new academic semester that they would be temporarily suspended and even permanently expelled if they oppose violate new government regulations.
A group of partygoers violate social distancing guidelines when queuing outside a nightclub on Guildhall Walk in the seaside town of Portsmouth
A group of night owls huddle in a maskless group as they congregate on the streets of Portsmouth amid the coronavirus pandemic
Revelers and college students break social distancing guidelines when they congregate in the city until the wee hours of the morning without face masks
A group of people violate social distancing measures as hundreds of students come to town to start the academic year
The Astoria nightclub promoters take to the streets with their flags as partygoers arrive in the coastal town on Tuesday night
It also came just a day after the British were banned from gathering in groups of more than six under new government guidelines to help curb Covid infection rates.
In a statement this week, Portsmouth University told The News: "Students are expected to take personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of other students, staff and the wider community by following the university's student contract and Adhere to the student code of conduct and safety precautions in place and in compliance with government guidelines.
“As with other members of our local community, students are advised to pay a £ 100 fine for breaking the law prohibiting social gatherings for more than six people, and this amount doubles for subsequent violations. This applies to both dormitories and private accommodation. "
The university added, “The vast majority of our students adhere to the requirements. If not, penalties for student misconduct range from temporary suspension to permanent expulsion. "
Earlier this month, thousands of students across the UK were warned of the spread of the coronavirus and warned that they would face "serious police operations" if they hold mass gatherings during Freshers' Week.
Ministers advised young people preparing for university against participating in freshman events. Health Secretary Lord Bethell urged freshmen and returning college students not to go to mass gatherings “in pubs, clubs and bedrooms”.
Meanwhile, University Secretary Michelle Donelan angrily warned major organizers that police would take "serious action" against them after reports that some companies were promoting mass events by Social Freshers.
And Health Secretary Matt Hancock asked students to follow the rules for the sake of their education and the health of their parents and grandparents.
The revelers go for a walk in a group to enjoy their Tuesday night in Portsmouth despite the Six Rules measures now in place
Young partiers huddle in a face-masked group as they enjoy a night of partying in Portsmouth on Tuesday
Just a few days after the six rules came into effect, a number of attendees line up outside Portsmouth's Dirty Disco nightclub
Crowds begin to enter the Astoria in Portsmouth on Tuesday evening amid the coronavirus pandemic
Some people stand outside a pub as they swap a night at a house for an evening with their friends in Portsmouth on Tuesday
A man throws flames in the air as revelers queue outside a nightclub and spend an evening on the town
510,000 young people are preparing to start university this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
This month Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “We are deeply concerned about the spread among students. Some of this dissemination will take place in universities, and I appreciate the vice chancellors' efforts to establish social distancing agreements in universities. We hope it will have an impact.
“However, part of the impact lies in their social life – in pubs, clubs and bedrooms across the country.
"That is the responsibility of the students themselves, and we are examining measures to improve and enforce the social distancing measures that are stopping the spread of this disease."
Ms. Donelan warned the students, “As the government, we have clearly set out the ramifications for anyone who risks the spread of the virus, be it through illegal social gatherings or organizing major events.
“The police and local authorities will take serious action when necessary. Health advice only works if we all follow it. I urge students, as well as the general public, to do their part and act responsibly to ensure that the campus remains open for them to use and enjoy. & # 39;
While urging college students to obey the rules, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs, "If you are a student about to return to or first-time college, for the sake of your education, please The health of your parents and grandparents, follow the rules and do not gather in groups of more than six people. & # 39;
A group of revelers gathers outside a bar on Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth without masks amid the coronavirus pandemic
Party-goers are walking down the streets in Portsmouth just days after the UK's six-man rule went into effect
Partial uncovered visitors gather outside in Portsmouth, Hampshire for an evening on Tuesday
People queue outside a nightclub on Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth with no face covering amid the coronavirus pandemic
At a press conference on Downing Street earlier this month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “My message to students is simple. In the interests of your education and the health of your parents and grandparents, please wash your hands, cover your face, make room and do not gather in groups of more than six people now and at the beginning of the semester.
The Universities of Greenwich, Leeds Trinity, Coventry and Queen Mary in London opened their freshmen locations earlier this month, while LSE, Birmingham City and the Universities of Nottingham and West England are expected to hold their Freshers Week starting September 21.
Leicester de Montfort, the University of Bristol, the University of Durham and University College London are hosting Freshers' Week from September 28th.
Cambridge and Oxford, Birkbeck and Essex are among the last to host Freshers' Week for new students starting October 5th.
The new rule of six, published shortly before midnight on Sunday, prohibits "mixing" in a large group, but allows larger gatherings for work, childcare or political protest.
Recreational sports such as soccer, cricket, rugby, and park runs can also continue as long as users follow the correct protocol.
Failure to comply with the guidelines can face fines of £ 100, up to a maximum of £ 3,200 for repeat offenders.