Coronavirus US: NYU students ignore warnings for night of partying

Crowds of New York University students descended on Washington Square Park for an evening filled with drinking, partying and a flagrant disregard for social distancing protocol on Saturday night.

The school, which only resumed classes on Wednesday, announced that 20 students have since been suspended for violating COVID-19 safety guidelines, with more suspensions likely as an investigation continues.

Video from the park, a popular NYU hangout, shows dozens of students gathered around its world famous fountain - some wearing masks and a concerning number of people not - as they dance shoulder-to-shoulder with one another.

The unruly dance party appeared to be an pre-planned event, with two DJs blasting thumping music out long into the evening.

Police cars and officers appeared to be stationed outside the park seemingly on stand-by, however they didn’t seem to be enforcing any crowd control measures.

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Crowds of New York University students descended on Washington Square Park for an evening filled with drinking, partying and a flagrant disregard for social distancing protocol on Saturday night

Crowds of New York University students descended on Washington Square Park for an evening filled with drinking, partying and a flagrant disregard for social distancing protocol on Saturday night

Video from the park, a popular NYU hangout, shows dozens of students gathered around its world famous fountain

Video from the park, a popular NYU hangout, shows dozens of students gathered around its world famous fountain

Some were wearing masks and a concerning number of other people were not, as they danced shoulder-to-shoulder in a large crowd

Masked-up revellers dance on Saturday night

Some were wearing masks and a concerning number of other people were not, as they danced shoulder-to-shoulder in a large crowd

Police cars and officers appeared to be stationed outside the park seemingly on stand-by, however they didn¿t seem to be enforcing any crowd control

Police cars and officers appeared to be stationed outside the park seemingly on stand-by, however they didn’t seem to be enforcing any crowd control

Washington Square Park is situated just steps away from NYU. It’s surrounded by the university’s dorms and academic buildings.

‘We have received reports and videos of large crowds of young people gathering in Washington Square Park last night, with some people not wearing masks or distancing,’ Marc Wais, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs wrote in a Sunday night statement.

‘We are investigating the circumstances from last night and any students who have violated our expectations will be subject to disciplinary action,’ he continued.

Wais also issued a warning urging students to maintain a social distance when out in public, or again risk disciplinary measures.

NYU tweeted on Saturday that more than 20 students had been suspended for breaking the school¿s new coronavirus policies

NYU tweeted on Saturday that more than 20 students had been suspended for breaking the school’s new coronavirus policies

‘Please wear a mask and physically distance whenever you are in public places, including Washington Square Park, and leave the area if conditions become unsafe.

‘These are the kinds of incidents that most concern us,’ Wais continued, saying the dance party could prove to be a ‘superspreader’ of COVID-19, which could result in dozens of people going on to infect many others, forcing campuses to shut down.

‘I don’t believe anyone wants to be responsible for

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