Love Island stars have been caught brazenly flouting coronavirus rules at a reunion.
The group of eight uploaded videos and pictures showing them apparently drinking and dancing closely together in a small apartment.
The reality stars breached social distancing guidelines and the Rule of Six, which bans groups of more than that from meeting inside.
Virus chiefs fear their two million online followers could be influenced by their snubbing of the Covid-19 rules.
Global health expert Dr Sophie Harman said: “Lots of people do care what Love Island contestants do and will take it as a cue that a slight bend in the rules – eight not six – is OK.
“While it seems unfair, those who trade in influence have to be held to account for that influence.”
She added that the stars now “need to become Covid-19 influencers in a positive way”.
The group appeared to be celebrating the launch of a range of hair extensions by twins Eve and Jess Gale.
The pair appeared in series six of Love Island, which was filmed in Cape Town earlier this year.
Four boys from the same series – Biggs Chris, George Day, Alexi Eraclides and Josh Kempton – had lunch at celebrity hangout Sheesh in Chigwell, Essex.
They then met the twins, together with fellow Love Island beauties Eva Zapico and Rebecca Gormley, at an apartment. Videos show them dancing and singing together.
They are not observing the two-metre social distancing regulations, and are clearly breaking the rule of six.
The group appear to be drinking, and regularly pose for photos and sing. Afterwards George posted: “My bros what a night.”
The videos were uploaded to Instagram late last month – more than two weeks after PM Boris Johnson brought in strict laws across the country restricting socialising.
The regulations are designed to protect the NHS, the elderly and vulnerable after Covid-19 cases skyrocketed.
Government statistics show that Covid-19 is spreading most quickly among younger people.
More than 42,000 Britons have already died of the virus, and medical experts believe the UK is in the middle of a second wave. Anyone caught flouting the rules can be fined £200.
George Day and twins Eve and Jess Gale declined to comment.
Alexi Eraclides said he was unaware how many people had been in the flat but when he arrived it made a total of six.
Biggs Chris, Eva Zapico and Rebecca Gormley did not respond to a request for comment.
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