Around 200 people jump on tables and form a dancefloor as they rave to a grime song in apparent contravention of Covid-19 restrictions at a hall of residence.
The video clip, which has emerged on social media, shows a party with numbers far exceeding the Government’s ‘rule of six’ stipulation aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.
The tightly-packed crowd is shown holding up mobile phones, with several people jumping on tables as Digga D’s song ‘Woi’ plays in the background.
The clip was filmed at Arundel House, close to Coventry University’s main campus. and has, at time of publication, been viewed over 70,000 times.
A spokesman said Coventry University was aware of the incident and said any students found to be in breach of the university’s code of conduct could face disciplinary proceedings.
Police said an agreement had been reached to shut down some communal areas in the accommodation and beef up security in light of last night’s gathering.
An investigation is also underway to determine of the party had been planned
In the 37-second-long video, the crowd joins in the lyrics to the Digga D track as revellers jump up on tables to lead the party, with one man’s trousers falling down.
The iPhone clip, which has been viewed thousands of times on Twitter, is entitled “No sleep in the C.O.V.”
It is time stamped 3:06am on Tuesday, September 29.
The ‘rule of six’ currently applies across indoor and outdoor settings, with police able to disperse meetings exceeding this number and fine those involved.
The footage has emerged as an outbreak of Covid-19 at Manchester Metropolitan University keeps 1,700 students in self-isolation and cases continue to rise in Coventry, now exceeding the West Midlands average.
University Living, a platform which finds student accommodation, including at Arundel House, said of the clip: “We are not quite certain if there is any truth to it [the video footage].
“We are looking into it and are in constant touch with our accommodation partners to get a better understanding of what is happening there.
“We would like to clarify here that we do not in any way condone any such activity which is why we have also reached out to our student community to help clear the air.
“We also want to mention here that our accommodation partners are doing everything they can to ensure a safe environment for their students and staff.”
Arundel House is a two-minute walk from the main campus and includes studios and shared apartments.
A spokesman for Coventry University said they were aware of the incident and any students found to be in breach of the university’s code of conduct could face disciplinary proceedings.
A statement issued this afternoon said: “We are aware of an incident in a private accommodation block which was captured in a video that has been shared online.
“We are deeply concerned by the scenes in the video and strongly condemn the blatant breaches of the rule of six and other guidelines as they risk the health of our students, colleagues and the communities in which we are located.
“We have introduced a code of conduct for students and shared this widely with them ahead of the weekend.
“This code of conduct makes it clear that a failure to follow university and Government health, safety and wellbeing requirements will constitute a breach of the university’s disciplinary regulations and may be dealt with as a matter of misconduct. If any of those involved in the video are found to be students of Coventry University and in breach of the code of conduct, we will take appropriate action.
“The vast majority of our students are sensible adults and are taking coronavirus very seriously.
“Many of them are from the communities in which our campuses are based and want to protect themselves, their friends and loved ones. Hundreds of our students on health courses worked in NHS wards and ambulances during the peak of the pandemic.
“Across our five campuses, we have put in place safety measures in line with government advice and we are in constant dialogue with local public health officials and other agencies and universities.
“We are regularly messaging our colleagues and students to reinforce the importance of following all the rules and laws designed to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and we have student ambassadors in key places on campus to remind those who forget to comply with social distancing or face coverings.
“We are also actively encouraging the use of the NHS Covid-19 app to assist our existing track and trace process.”
Coventry Police response
A spokesman for Coventry Police said: “We attended Arundel House today (September 29) following reports of a large gathering of students in the early hours of this morning. It’s believed around 200 people may have been present in a common room.
“We will be examining CCTV and will take action if evidence comes to light that this was a planned party.
“We have liaised with management at the student accommodation block and they have agreed to close some communal areas and to increase security.
“We have also arranged a Safer Students stall in Arundel House tomorrow to reiterate CoVID-19 regulations and the consequences should those regulations be flouted.”
A spokesman for NIDO, which runs Arundel House, said: “We were made aware of a large social gathering in our residence in Coventry last night. Steps were immediately taken to deal with the gathering, including calling the police for assistance. The police were unfortunately unable to attend at the time. We understand that they are under a lot of strain due to the number of similar incidents, both in Coventry and nationally.
“We are in close contact with FutureLets at Coventry University and are assisting the local authorities with their investigation.
“In line with government advice, we are reinforcing our zero tolerance policy to different households mixing and have put in place stringent Covid-19 related measures, including the installation of Perspex screens at reception and hand sanitiser stations throughout the building, the posting of social distancing guidance and measures, ensuring PPE is worn by all staff outside of the office and providing residents with regular updates on the latest government guidance.
“We have also now restricted all visitors to the building, closed communal areas, and have stepped up security across our residences to oversee these policies. We do not want the actions of a few to affect the experience of many.”