First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced Scotland’s framework for easing restrictions as the return for fans remains unclear.
‘Phased but significant’ reopening of the economy will begin from the end of April as Scotland returns to the level system seen last year, dependent on vaccination rates. This should include non-essential retail, hospitality hairdressers and gyms reopening. Three-week reviews will take place before any further easing, with a focus on education.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England’s map out of lockdown. As part of his four-step plan, up to 10,000 fans or 25% of stadia capacity, whichever is smallest, will be able to return to stadiums from May 17 at the earliest.
It means that the final day of the Premier League season could host fans, should everything go according to plan. But Scotland’s approach is set to be more cautious says the First Minister. Dropping down the levels edges supporters in Scotland closer to returning, although it would require going from level 3 to 1.
She admits there is currently limited scope for easing restrictions at the moment, despite the success of the lockdown and vaccination procedures across Scotland. It’s hoped team sports for youngsters aged 12-17 can begin again by April.
First Minister Sturgeon hopes summer could be ‘more normal’ but hopes of fans returning, at Hampden for Scotland’s huge Euro 2020 matches for example, are still unclear with the opening of stadia not discussed.
The SFA have not as of yet released any information on the resumption of lower league football below the Championship. No info on senior sport resumption as a whole from either the government or the SFA leaves clubs in the dark over whether they can begin their seasons again, having been suspended since January.
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