THIS is the moment hundreds of boozy students brawled and were caught weeing in park bushes on the first day of lockdown easing.
Large crowds of more than just six gathered at the Arboretum in Nottingham – where revellers enjoyed beers and danced in the warm weather.
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Hundreds of boozy students gathered as a fight broke out at the Arboretum in NottinghamCredit: Ashley Kirk
Pals descended on to the park to drink and party – despite social distancing rules still in placeCredit: Ashley Kirk
The young people were seemingly breaking the Rule of Six – which came into force on March 29Credit: Ashley Kirk
Brawls broke out in the park as many enjoyed the sunshine and easing of lockdownCredit: Ashley Kirk
The boozy students could be seen starting a fight – as hundreds broke social distancing rules and gathered to see what the commotion was about.
Revellers could then be seen spraying bottles of alcohol in the air – chanting and clapping as many joined in and danced in the centre of the madness.
One party-seeker, pulling his shirt over his nose as a make-shift mask, said: “Everyone is feeling happy again, and that’s what’s important.”
Speaking about the crowded scenes, his friend added: “This is how it’s meant to be.”
Pals hugged and cheered in the sunshine on the first day of England’s step out of lockdown – but seemingly failed to stick to the new Rule of Six.
Revellers danced and partied in the warm weatherCredit: Ashley Kirk
Groups of more than six – or two households – were spotted in the park in Nottingham yesterdayCredit: Ashley Kirk
Others were seen climbing trees in the Nottingham park, egged on by their groups of mates below.
And after a day of drinking, some of the revellers were seen weeing in bushes while others spewed empty cans, bottles and boxes on the grass.
Standing with three pals in his bubble, one of the Brits in the park said: “As long as everyone’s following the rules for Covid, it feels alright, with the Rule of Six, as long as we’re in our six.”
As of yesterday, six people, or two full households, are allowed to meet outside – including in back gardens.
This is the first time in four months that groups of that size are legally allowed to meet up.
And the Government’s “stay at home” rule has now been replaced with “stay local.”
And Brits can even go inside other homes – but only briefly to use the toilet, get a drink or walk through to the garden. The same rule will apply to toilets when pub gardens reopen in April.
There are still rules in place – people must socially distance from each other, and meeting indoors is still banned.
Despite the latest step out of lockdown, holidays are banned, and anyone caught trying to leave the country for a non-essential reason faces a fine.
Outdoor sports facilities including golf courses, tennis and basketball courts and swimming pools can all open from March 29, although the Rule of Six still applies.
However, there’s a loophole for this too – if the sport has been formally organised by a qualified instructor, club, company or charity, the gatherings limits don’t apply.
Places of worship have remained open during the latest lockdown, but restrictions remain in place for Easter services.
Limits include that people “must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble”.
Rules around funerals, which are allowed with 30 attendees and wakes with six attendees, also remain the same.
And there’s good news for people hoping to get married. Weddings will no longer be limited to exceptional circumstances.
This means anyone wishing to tie the knot can do so with up to six attendees.