Paul Gascoign visits pub despite coronavirus crisis

No social distancing for Gazza! Football legend Paul Gascoigne stuns drinkers by visiting local pub and posing for selfies despite coronavirus crisis

  • Paul Gascoigne visited The White Swan pub in Manchester and posed for selfies
  • The ex-England midfielder was pictured in coronavirus-stricken Spain last week
  • Eyewitnesses ‘couldn’t believe’ that ‘Gazza’ was ignoring calls to distance
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Football legend Paul Gascoigne stunned drinkers by visiting a Manchester pub and posing for selfies despite calls for social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The former England midfielder was in Spain last week, the second-worst European country affected by the spread of the killer Covid-19 illness.

‘Gazza’, 52, spent a couple of hours at The White Swan in Swinton with friends on Wednesday, before turning up the music and partying.  

Pub landlady Lindsey Smethills said: ‘At first I didn’t believe it was him. But as soon as I heard his accent I knew it was him. I couldn’t believe. 

‘I think he had come in with some friends after being out for a meal and came in for a night cap. He was in for a couple of hours and he was so nice.

Paul Gascoigne stunned drinkers by visiting The White Swan pub in Manchester and posing for selfies despite calls for social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic

‘Gazza’ spent a couple of hours at The White Swan in Swinton (pictured) with friends on Wednesday night, before turning up the music and partying

‘Some of the punters were coming in and were like big kids when they saw him.

‘We ended up putting the music on and had a bit of a party.

‘He was so friendly with everyone and was getting pictures with everyone.’ 

Gascoigne, who this year revealed he curbed alcoholism using anti-alcohol pellets, was pictured at Cocos Bar in Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol last week.

He appears to be ignoring Government calls to avoid pubs, restaurants, and theatres, as Boris Johnson claims the UK can beat the coronavirus in 12 weeks.

The Prime Minister has urged people to avoid public spaces, however, as MailOnline reported that the number of related infections soared by 2,000 this week.

Despite widespread fears of the pandemic, images have surfaced on social media of revellers across the country partying into the early hours of today.

Gascoigne, who this year revealed he curbed alcoholism using anti-alcohol pellets, was pictured at Cocos Bar in Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol last week

England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has warned young adults that they will not ‘breeze’ through any Covid-19 infection.

And the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, has begged young people to stop going to the pub. 

Prof Whitty said: ‘There are also some young people who have ended up in intensive care or who have ended up with severe disease around the world. 

‘I think it’s important that we don’t give the impression that every single person who is young and healthy is just going to breeze through this.’ 

Revellers were still out in Leeds last night despite firm government and expert instructions to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus 

Nightspots in Leeds were quieter than normal but some people still had a night out 

Two women walk with a McDonald’s takeaway in Leeds, where some bars were still open 


People have been criticised for ignoring social distancing pleas, including drinkers in Leeds  

McDonald’s store – like this one in Leeds – are now operating on a takeaway basis only 

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