Manchester United legend Paul Scholes threw a big party for his son’s 21st birthday, despite new lockdown rules being imposed on Oldham.
The football coach went full steam ahead for his son Arron’s 21st birthday celebrations, even though coronavirus lockdown rules were imposed in the Northwest on the same day.
The party at Scholes’ £ 3.5million house in Oldham reportedly started at 7 p.m. and continued until 2:30 a.m., The Sun reported.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes (above) hosted a party for his son Arron’s 21st birthday at his £ 3.5million home in Oldham
Alicia Scholes shared photos of the revelers, who ignore social distancing rules while dancing at the birthday party
The birthday party took place just 7 p.m. before the new lockdown rules were introduced at midnight on Thursday.
People in the northwest have been banned from congregating in other people’s homes or gardens, including Oldham which has introduced tighter lockdown restrictions.
Photographs, posted on his daughter Alicia Scholes’ Instagram, show attendees disregarding social distancing as they danced and posed for photos.
One Instagram user commented under Alicia’s posts: “How does Arron throw a party at your house while Oldham is locked out between 2 households?” “
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has since accused the former England midfielder of ‘reckless behavior’.
He said: “You would expect a much more responsible attitude from a model who has worn an England shirt 66 times.
“The people of Oldham are fully aware that reckless behavior like this has caused the lockdown to return.
“While young people are less likely to suffer from serious complications if they are infected, they can pass it on to someone with potentially very serious consequences.
Some people who live near Scholes, 45, also accused him of “ignoring all the rules”, adding that the party was “madness”.
Anniversary celebrations unfolded despite the imposition of new coronavirus lockdown regulations in the Northwest on the same day
Paul Scholes posted a throwback photo on his Instagram, wishing his son Arron a happy 21st birthday
One person claimed the family were initially going to have a “big hotel party” but canceled it after the new advice was announced.
The local told The Sun, “This is crazy. They ignored all the rules because they wanted to move forward.
“What about all the people who couldn’t attend the funeral or get married in front of their friends because of the lockdown?
“Lots of people had to cancel their birthday parties – why is Paul Scholes’ son any different?
“Paul has a reputation for being a normal, down to earth guy. He is loved by millions of United fans and should lead by example.
The local also said Scholes should “bow his head in shame” at his “selfish behavior” as revelers could now continue to “potentially infect” others.
Oldham has introduced stricter coronavirus restrictions after a 240% increase in cases.
Official NHS statistics show 119 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the city of Greater Manchester in the week of July 25, which equates to a rate of 50.5 cases per 100,000 people.
Council bosses urged the 235,000 residents of the district not to let any visitors enter their homes for at least two weeks.
The party at Scholes’ £ 3.5million house in Oldham reportedly started at 7 p.m. and continued until 2:30 a.m., according to a local.
Alicia Scholes posted glamorous photos from the birthday party at the family home in Oldham to her Instagram, sparking outrage from other social media users
They are keen to “prevent a strict local lockdown from being put in place” like the one seen in Leicester, which has yet to be released from restrictions.
All people living in the Greater Manchester Borough have also been asked to keep two meters away from friends and family when seeing them outside.
Greater Manchester Police Deputy Chief Constable Nick Bailey has urged people to follow the new coronavirus regulations.
He said: “We understand the frustration of not being able to continue a social life or visit friends and family, but the risk of coronavirus is still present and attending events in large groups is in violation of the law. Covid.
“The only way to stay safe and protect your family and loved ones is to follow the guidelines.
Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: ‘Anyone can get coronavirus and anyone can spread it.
“That’s why it’s so important that everyone observes the new restrictions. This includes not seeing friends and family members in each other’s homes and gardens.
The local council said a significant proportion of recent cases involved multiple people who tested positive within a household.
Partiers were pictured collecting food from a van, called ‘The Grill’, during Arron’s 21st birthday celebrations
Arooj Shah, deputy head of Oldham Council, said: “We urge residents to take the risk of coronavirus seriously and follow the guidelines.
“We know the people of Oldham desperately want to see their friends and family and get back to normalcy.
“But these restrictions are essential if we are to stop the spread of the coronavirus and prevent the implementation of a strict local lockdown, as we have seen elsewhere in the country. “
Hosting a party in your home is illegal, under government rules, meaning those in attendance could be fined £ 100 and police can shut down the rally.
Katrina Stephens, director of public health for Oldham, has urged anyone with symptoms of the coronavirus – namely a fever, persistent cough or loss of taste and odor – to get tested.
She added: “If we all do our part and adhere to the restrictions now, we can help stop the spread of the coronavirus and protect ourselves and our loved ones. “