Glasgow’s Euro 2020 fan zone is to open as planned today without temperature checks or mass testing after yesterday’s talks between Health Secretary Humza Yousaf, clinical advisers and Glasgow City Council after opposition MSPs called for further Covid measures – and despite fears from hospitality businesses that it could send the city hurtling back into level three restrictions.
Up to 6,000 people a day, split into two sessions, will gather in the fan zone in Glasgow Green to watch matches on every day of the tournament, social-distancing will be enforced and alcohol can only be purchased via table service.
Following the meeting, Humza Yousaf said every ticket holder would be asked – but not obliged – to use lateral flow testing kit and detailed the measures implemented to keep the event safe.
He said, “Planning has been meticulous to minimise the risks of transmission. The venue is outdoors with capacity for more than 25 times the number of tickets for each session, allowing for ample physical distancing.
“In addition, there are comprehensive stewarding, cleaning and contact tracing provisions in place and everyone attending will also be asked to take up the offer of twice weekly rapid lateral flow testing.”
The cabinet secretary said that the situation would be monitored continually during the tournament and revealed he had set up a review team – made up of the government, city council and local public health staff – to provide continuous advice on the ability of the fan zone to operate safely.
Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Conservative spokesperson for Covid recovery, told BBC Radio Scotland, “It’s absolute nonsense to allow up to 6,000 football fans to gather in the open air in Glasgow for one event, and not allow parents throughout Scotland to attend their school sport days in the open air, providing they’re doing so in a socially distanced and responsible manner, because the risk of infection from that must be lower than from this event in Glasgow.”