Around 200 students who packed out a rave at a hall of residence in Coventry are to be monitored for signs of Covid-19 in an effort to control any spread of the virus.

The city council will work with Coventry University and the private provider of Arundel House, NIDO, in an attempt to identify any cases among those present.

Testing is only being offered to students who display symptoms and will not take place en-masse for everyone who attended the boisterous party.

However, the local authority is understood to be acting in the event that any of those present become symptomatic, which is set against the backdrop of a continued increase in cases nationally.



Footage of a party involving up to 100 people in an indoor location has emerged at a time of Covid-19 restrictions

The mitigation measures were being taken as Coventry City Council leader George Duggins urged the wider public to follow Covid-19 restrictions in the wake of the mass gathering.

Cllr Duggins said the local authority had held a meeting with the police and university and he was reassured that the incident was “being taken seriously” to “send out a strong message that such behaviour will not be tolerated.”

He reacted after mobile phone footage emerged showing a crowd packed into a common room in the early hours of Tuesday morning (September 29).



Coventry City Council Leader George Duggins has called for people to abide by the Government’s Covid-19 measures

The party took place in flagrant contravention of Covid-19 restrictions, which include a ban on more than six people meeting in indoor and outdoor locations.

The revellers are shown holding up mobile phones and forming a dancefloor, with several people jumping on tables as a drill song plays in the background.

The university and police are investigating the party, which ran into the early hours of Tuesday (September 29) at Arundel House, which is located in Whitefriars Lane, close to the university’s main campus.

Cllr Duggins said: “Coventry City Council is deeply concerned to see the images circulating on social media regarding the events at Arundel House halls of residence. 

“The council calls on all people living, working and studying in Coventry, and those visiting our city, to follow all national health guidance around social distancing and other measures to protect the public and beat coronavirus.

“The council has met both the university and police today and is reassured that this matter is being taken seriously and will be dealt with quickly to send out a strong message that such behaviour will not be tolerated.”

The council leader emphasised the importance of following Government restrictions as Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Coventry and nationally.

“It is important to recognise that the vast majority of students are responsible and follow national public health guidelines,” he said.

“The university is working with staff, students, the council, police and student housing providers to ensure this does not happen again.

“We would remind everyone that new, tough laws have been brought in around self-isolation and the need to follow Government and Public Health advice and all of our residents must play their part in keeping our city and its people safe.

“It is more important than ever that we unite as one community to do this to ensure we avoid the additional coronavirus restrictions that some of our neighbouring towns and cities face.”





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