On Saturday 26th September, a video, uploaded by Joshua Murphy, went viral on Facebook sparking outrage amongst viewers.
The video depicts a large crowd of young people singing and dancing on the streets of York City Centre.
Minutes after bars and pubs closed, Joshua began filming.
Pub and bar closures were due to a 10pm curfew enforced by the government on hospitality venues across the country.
Created to help resolve the recent rise in coronavirus cases across England, the curfew has been in place since the 24th September.
Crowds gather in York City Centre after pub and bars’ 10pm curfew (via: newsflare)
The footage, taken on the corner of Church Street and Swinegate, showed pub-goers singing to The Killers’ ‘Mr. Brightside.’
Many booed as a police car arrived on the scene to break up crowds.
Angered by the video, many viewers commented on the lack of social distancing and care for the law on Facebook.
“We won’t win this battle with people doing this,” was a comment reflecting viewer frustration.
Another writes: “Some of us are doing our best to stay safe.”
A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson stated:
“When dealing with the public, our officers adopt the four E’s approach; engage, explain, encourage and as a last resort will use enforcement.”
“In this case, officers attended the scene and encouraged the group to disperse. No arrests were made and the group was dispersed by 10.27pm.”
“Everyone needs to be mindful of the risks associated by not social distancing. We would continue to ask everyone to work together in order to keep people across the city of York safe.”
Councilor Andrew Waller, Executive Member for the Economy and Planning also commented:
“If out in town until the pub curfew then we would ask people to not congregate in large groups whilst making their way home and stay in their group (of up to 6).”
“Everyone has a role to play in stopping the virus, keeping people safe and the places we love open.”
For further information on government coronavirus rules, head to the gov.uk website.