Liverpool: Crowds celebrating title win despite coronavirus fears ‘told to leave’

Football fans who gathered in Liverpool for a second night after their team netted the Premier League title have been asked to leave by police.

A dispersal order was issued around the city centre after groups came out again on Friday to celebrate Liverpool’s first title win in 30 years.

Police and politicians urged Liverpool fans to stay at home due to Covid-19, which was “still a real risk”.

Merseyside Police said the order will be in place until Sunday.

The force said a Section 34 Dispersal Order was issued “following large gatherings in the area this evening”.

“We know a lot of Liverpool fans want to celebrate their Premier League win, but there is a time and a place for this – and this weekend is neither.

“Tonight we have seen masses of people flock to the Pier Head area heightening the risk of spreading Covid-19,” it said.

People took to social media to comment on how people were behaving, about flares being launched at the Liver Building and fireworks being set off.

As celebrations got under way again, 24 hours after the club’s title triumph was confirmed, the mayor tweeted a photo of a large crowd gathered next to the city’s Mersey Ferry terminal.

He wrote: “Clearly too many people intoxicated and causing anti-social behaviour.

“I urge you leave the city centre now it is not safe.”

He went on to say “councils simply do not have the power” to move people on or prevent them from gathering.

“If you know someone who is there, please message them and ask them to come home,” he added.

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Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram added his own message, echoing Mr Anderson’s.

“We’re not saying this to be party poopers but hundreds of people have already died in our region because of coronavirus,” he wrote.

“Until it’s safe for us to come together, please celebrate at home.”

‘Stay in your bubble’

Earlier, Mr Anderson, who warned that such scenes would happen, said it was “disappointing” so many had ignored advice.

Merseyside Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Rob Carden said fans should only celebrate with “members of your household and in your social bubble”.

“As we all know, Merseyside has been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and we must all do what we can to prevent further cases and deaths,” he said.