Leeds freshers shun social-distancing as droves hit the town for first week of university term


University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks. 

Young people studying at the University of Leeds descended on the city centre in their droves and socialised in numbers greater than Boris Johnson’s Rule of Six – without a care in the world.

Onlookers watched freshers openly flouted all Government measures to halt the spread of coronavirus, including basic social distancing, and formed huge queues to get into pubs and clubs.

Flirty new undergraduates dressed to impress their peers ahead of the university’s official induction week from September 21 as more than 500,000 students head back to campuses this autumn. 

Thousands of freshers are due to start university over the course of this month and into the start of October despite official warnings that having sex with other students will help to spread the virus. 

University authorities are under huge pressure to make their campuses Covid-secure. Measures published by the Department for Education (DfE) include making face masks compulsory in classes, having students living in halls of residence self-isolate in their own ‘households’ and ban gatherings which defy the Rule of Six. 

It comes amid growing fears within official circles of a second wave of coronavirus and threats to impose a second national lockdown if the Prime Minister’s Rule of Six fails to keep infections down.

More than 3,000 new cases of coronavirus a day were recorded by the Government last week, with the vast majority of infections occuring among people aged between 17 and 28 who mingle in pubs.

Public health officials have been widely criticised for appearing to point the finger of blame at young people who have been allowed to head to pubs since a large part of the UK’s hospitality sector reopened on July 4.  

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

The Prime Minister yesterday told the country to obey his draconian new Rule of Six, which outlaws social gatherings of seven or more people across England, or face even tougher restrictions.

Mr Johnson warned that new measures could be rolled out within two weeks if the Rule, criticised among the general public for effectively making Christmas Dinner an arrestable offence, fails to keep coronavirus infections down – a not-so-subtle nod to the willingness of young people to flout Government guidance.

His call comes as the North East is set to be on the receiving end of new restrictions, including pubs closing at 10pm and households being banned from socialising with anyone outside their home.

Down in London, public health chiefs have warned of curfews in the capital, while offices could be closed nationwide within just two weeks if the Prime Minister’s policy fails to bring down infection numbers.

The new rules for the North East of England are expected to come into force just after midnight on Friday after a dramatic rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the area.

Mr Johnson emphasised that social restrictions, localised lockdowns, and a ramped up testing programme were all being implemented to battle a feared second wave, as reported by The Sun.

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

University freshers piled into pubs and nightclubs in Leeds last night despite Government warnings that tough new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if the number of infections does not fall in the next two weeks

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