The footage, posted on social media, shows people dancing in the streets at Piccadilly Circus whilst music blares out from speakers. New restrictions designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 mean pubs and restaurants must now close at 10pm across Britain.
However, there was controversy after pictures emerged of people crowded in the streets across London shortly after 10pm.
The video from Piccadilly Circus was posted on Twitter shortly after the curfew came into effect.
It sparked passionate debate, with some condemning the dancers’ actions whilst others argued they had done nothing wrong.
One Twitter user retweeted the video with the comment: “Sickening! Don’t any of these people have grandparents?!”
Another responded to the original post with a concerned face emoji.
In the footage those dancing are doing so in small groups and appear to be maintaining some distance from each other.
Under Government guidelines you should maintain a two-meter gap from other people where possible, and a one-meter gap at all times.
Some Twitter users praised the group for maintaining their distance whilst others suggested they wanted to join in.
Rishi Sunak’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, which cut the price of many restaurant meals by half, came to a close at the end of September.
Replying to the Piccadilly Circus video one person posted a meme mocking the Government.
It said: “Last month: Eat out to help out…
“This month: Drink up and f**k off!”
The Government introduced the new restrictions after the number of coronavirus cases increased sharply across the UK.
On Thursday Britain recorded 6,634 new cases, the most since mass testing was introduced.
As part of the new measures table service has also been made compulsory in bars whilst those who can are being urged to work from home.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said: “We’re not going back to the sorts of measures that we had in the spring.
“But I stress that it’s very important that those people whose jobs require them to be in a specific workplace do so.”
Britain has recorded more coronavirus cases and fatalities than any other country in Europe.
Published at Fri, 25 Sep 2020 03:24:21 +0000