Fears that student gatherings could accelerate the spread of Covid19, raising the risks of more cases and new lockdowns, have featured in recent media coverage, along with crackdowns on students who ignore coronavirus restrictions.
In Nottingham, police issued a £10,000 fixed-penalty notice to a 19-year-old student after they were called to a loud late-night party, according to NottinghamshireLive:
Nottingham student fined £10,000 for throwing house party apologises for 'major lapse of judgement' https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/nottingham-student-fined-10000-throwing-4512496 NottinghamshireLive, 14 September 2020 Nottingham students concerned over their university experience after 'harsh' party fine https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/nottingham-students-concerned-over-university-4513653 NottinghamshireLive, 14 September 2020
The Guardian has also reported on university reopenings and concerns among communities about the possible spread of coronavirus:
Fears of 'crazy' freshers' parties in UK as cooped up students return to campus https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/sep/11/fears-of-crazy-freshers-parties-in-uk-as-cooped-up-students-return-to-campus The Guardian, 11 September 2020
Students locked down after illegal parties at UK universities https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/sep/21/students-locked-down-after-parties-at-uk-universities?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other The Guardian, 21 September 2020 (online)