Hundreds party outside Streatham Halls until 3am despite new rule of six

Reports have estimated between 300 and 400 students turned up

As many as 400 people ignored the latest coronavirus laws to party outside Streatham Halls this week, Devon Live has reported.

This comes after new regulations banning gatherings of over six people except for in education and sport.

A student living in Streatham claims there have been nightly gatherings outside her hall lasting as late as 3AM, and that many refused to leave for some time after campus security attempted to disperse the group.

Speaking to Devon Live, she said: “None of them are wearing masks and social distancing isn’t happening. They were being quite stubborn and refused to go back into their rooms for quite a long time.

“I have parents with underlying health problems and family in Devon and know that the RD&E is overstretched enough.

“None of them seem to care about giving the virus to each other or to local people in the community.”

She continued: “They are also sharing on the group chat about how to sneak in to Wetherspoons and avoid the Track and Trace.

“These are the most expensive halls on campus. They are catered halls and they cost £250 a week. Most of the students have come from boarding schools.”

In response to this, a spokesperson for the University of Exeter told Devon Live: “Students are required and expected to adhere to Government laws and guidelines on COVID-19.

“The University is, and remains, in regular contact with all students and staff to relay the latest Government information, and remind them of the necessity to follow these rules fully.

“The University, police and local authorities are sharing information and coordinating their response based on any reports received.”

Images of the gathering are available on Devon Live.

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