Police were forced to step in after a huge crowd of young people gathered in central London.
Many of those in the throng, which formed outside Harrods, were not wearing masks and social distancing seemed largely forgotten.
The crowd appeared to number several hundred and rendered a stretch of central London impossible to navigate while keeping a metre away from other people.
Judging by the fancy dress of some, it has been speculated that the gathering didn’t form by accident.
One passerby commented: “This is at Harrods in London! So many people without masks just standing outside in a massive crowd?
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“They’re definitely not from London they have traveled from another city.”
Last year on December 5 a similar group gathered, with police arresting four people when they tried to surge enmasse into the famous department store.
Four arrests were made for affray and Covid rule breaches and the crowd later dispersed.
One person, shocked by the sight of the group, videoed the scene as they travelled past.
“This is at Harrods in London!” they wrote alongside a clip of the crowd.
“So much people without masks just standing outside in a massive crowd?!
“And they’re definitely not from London they have travelled from another city.”
Under UK law it is illegal to meet up with a group of more than six people or two households outdoors.
You still need to keep two metres from any one you don’t live with, or are in a social bubble with.
There are no laws regarding wearing masks or face coverings outside, but it is advised as a method of stopping the spread of the virus.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “On the afternoon of Saturday, 17 April, police were alerted to disorder caused by a group of people in and around Harrods.
“Officers attended and assisted staff in dealing with the situation.
“There were no arrests.”