Students flippantly joke ‘Covid wah?’ at massive party filmed on Snapchat

A massive student party was caught on video and shared on Snapchat – with the caption joking "Covid wah?"

The videos – which were taken at around at 1am on Friday morning outside a University of Manchester halls of residence – show more than a dozen students shouting and chanting and ignoring coronavirus social distancing rules.

A second clip shows a sea of people dancing to music which appears to be coming from a sound system that had been set up.

Both videos were geotagged to the Owens Park campus off Wilmslow Road, Manchester Evening News reports.

A spokesperson from the University of Manchester said the university "strongly condemns" the behaviour of the students.

They said details of the offending students are being recorded.

A number of those captured in the footage will now go through a disciplinary process, they added.

A university spokeswoman said: "We are aware of this party and our security services worked with Greater Manchester Police to shut it down.

"This behaviour is totally unacceptable and the University strongly condemns it.

"We have been clear and consistent with our messaging around student conduct and behaviour in halls and we will be working hard to identify those involved.

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"Our students must respect social distancing rules and all other restrictions to keep themselves and others safe.

"If students do not comply, they will face disciplinary action from the University, which could lead to fines or expulsion, and we will not hesitate to involve the police if necessary.

"Some students have already been issued with fixed penalty notices by the police.

"Additional security officers have been deployed in Fallowfield and further reminders sent.

"Details of offending students are being recorded and a number of these will now go through our disciplinary process."

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Social gatherings of more than six people are currently banned in England under coronavirus laws.

Students should only socialise in their 'bubble' – the people they live with in their halls or houses – and should not mix with other groups.

But the University of Manchester has warned that students could be made subject to a curfew following a "significant" number of coronavirus breaches.

And at Birley Halls, accommodation for Manchester Metropolitan University students, residents claim around 100 students were partying till the early hours of the morning last Monday and Tuesday night.

A GMP sergeant tweeted last week: "Shocked at the arrogance, ignorance & selfishness of some of the freshers in Manchester.

"When you’re asked to follow the Covid rules, do as you’re told.

"If you refuse, resulting in being told to leave, don’t kick off! Your actions are risking bars / pubs being closed!"

Some students, however, have said they felt "on edge" and like they had been unfairly targeted throughout the coronavirus crisis so far.

"It's a bit weird," a group of students told the local title.

"The first few weeks are about meeting people and obviously it's so hard to do that.

"Everyone is a bit on edge."

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