The decision by the Scottish government to create a Euro 2020 fan zone in Glasgow amid rising Covid cases has been described as an “absolute slap” by Scottish Hospitality Group spokesperson Stephen Montgomery. He fears mass gatherings of up to 6,000 fans a day at the Glasgow Green event that would be open for the 31 days of the tournament from 11 June could lead to a return to level three.
With members concerned about the potential fallout, he told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme,
“We were told at the beginning of May by Glasgow City Council that there would be no alcohol at the fan zone and now we are having it. I think it is an absolute slap to the hospitality sector within Glasgow who have just opened in a level two situation.”
He added: “Hospitality in Glasgow cannot be forced back into a level threes situation after this, because Glasgow didn’t ask for this.”
He said he accepted there was less risk of the virus spreading outdoors but he highlighted reports that the Delta variant, first detected in India, is 40% more transmissible.
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said that the Scottish government is working closely with the Scottish Football Association and Glasgow City Council in regard to the Euro 2020 fan zone and encouraged everyone who has a ticket for the football tournament gatherings to get a coronavirus test