FOOTIE ace Paul Scholes threw a big party at his pad in Oldham – the day a new Covid lockdown was imposed.
The Manchester United legend celebrated Arron’s 21st on the first day that new anti-Covid regulations were imposed in part of the North West.
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Camera phone footage showed Arron singing karaoke wearing a “Lockdown Live” slogan t-shirt and revelers ignoring social distancing as they drank and danced.
The party at the £ 3.5million house in Oldham de Scholes, which lasted until 2.30am, took place as 4.5million people in the North West were banned from meeting in other people’s homes or gardens.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen this evening accused TV specialist and former England midfielder Scholes, 45, of setting a bad example.
He added: “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 living near Scholes have also accused him today of “blatant disregard of the rules”.
A local said: “The family has been planning this for weeks. Originally, they were going to have a big hotel party, but they canceled it on Friday morning because of the latest tips.
“Then an hour later we said they were going to have a house party instead.
“This is madness. They ignored all the rules because they wanted to move forward.
“What about all the people who couldn’t attend a funeral or get married in front of their friends because of the lockdown?
“A lot of people have had to cancel their birthday parties – why is Paul Scholes’ son any different?
“Paul has a reputation for being a down to earth and normal man. He is loved by millions of United fans and should lead by example.
The local added, “It is exactly this kind of selfish behavior that is making it so difficult for the country to get rid of the pandemic.
“There were lots of young people at the party. It started around 7 p.m. and continued until at least 2:30 a.m.
“Now everyone present will go home and potentially infect their brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents. Paul should bow his head in shame.
The party began 7 p.m. after new rules took effect at midnight on Thursday.
During the celebrations, Scholes’ daughter Alicia uploaded videos to her Instagram account showing young people close to each other as they danced and sang.
Arron, wearing a black T-shirt, was at one point picked up by his friends and carried across the dance floor.
One Instagram user commented under Alicia’s posts: “How does Arron have a party at your house while Oldham is locked out between 2 households?”
The tightening of the rules on Friday came after a spike in coronavirus infections in large areas of the Northwest.
Lots of people had to cancel their birthday parties – why is Paul Scholes’ son any different?
Greater Manchester Police Deputy Chief Constable Nick Bailey urged the public to abide by the tightened rules.
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.”
“YOUNG PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE IMMUNITY”
Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham today repeated the Chief of Police’s message, saying: ‘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.
Greater Manchester public health officials have said they believe the Covid-19 peak is being fueled by young people.
Deputy Mayor Sir Richard Leese said: “You can see young people basically thinking that they are immune – and that if they catch it, it won’t be too bad.”
Scholes, his family and other Oldham residents were already living under stricter rules after the restrictions were introduced when the district saw a dramatic increase of more than 100 cases in a week.
According to the latest figures, the infection rate in Oldham has climbed to 58.1 per 100,000 population.
Anywhere with more than 50 cases per 100,000 is classified as “red” by the government.
On Tuesday, residents were told that they could not receive “social visitors” in their homes and that they had to stand two meters away from friends and family when they saw them outside.
The vulnerable and elderly who provided protection were asked to continue to do so for another two weeks.
Authorities have attributed a “significant proportion” of recent cases to multiple positive tests in the same household.
Oldham Deputy Head of Council Arooj Shah said: “We urge residents to continue to take the risk of coronavirus seriously and to follow guidelines.
“The best way to avoid infection is to limit contact with others as much as possible and to stay home wherever you can, including working from home.
“Limit contact with others and respect social distance where you go out.
“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.”
According to government rules, hosting a party in your home is illegal. Police can arrest him and impose a fine of £ 100 on participants.
In May, scientists said family celebrations such as birthdays and weddings were among the easiest ways to spread Covid-19.
Studies show that indoor gatherings of ten to 30 people can cause a person with the virus to infect up to ten others.
Adam Kucharski, senior epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “If you look at where these super-propagating events are happening, it’s often at family reunions, meals, weddings and parties.
“We see about ten people infected instead of the usual reproduction number, which is around two or three. “
In July, the Scholes family, whose youngest son Aiden, 14, vacationed at their villa in the Algarve. Alicia posted a photo on July 18 of everyone in the sea with a paddle board.
A video showed Arron, who last year was convicted of assaulting a former school friend, lying on the beach.
The Foreign Ministry advised against all but essential travel to Portugal in early July after deciding the country did not have enough control over the coronavirus.
Government rules are that anyone arriving in the UK from Portugal must self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone who refuses can be fined £ 1,000.
The guide says: ‘Self-isolation will reduce the risk of a second wave of coronavirus in the UK and help prevent family, friends and the community from contracting coronavirus, as well as help protect the NHS . ”
The Sun posted photos last month showing Scholes’ wife Claire no longer wears a wedding ring. The couple met when they were 18 and married six years later.
Claire has left the family home and is renting a place 20 minutes away. Scholes has played over 700 times for United and won 66 England caps.
He retired in 2013 and is part owner of Salford City FC and a regular BT Sport expert. He had a short stint as manager of Oldham Athletic.
Scholes has been contacted for comment on the party.
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