Fallout from the Glasgow Euro 2020 fan zone — Nicola Sturgeon is being chastised for her ‘baffling’ Covid limits.
After sanctioning a contentious football fan zone, Nicola Sturgeon is facing an increasing criticism over “baffling” Covid limitations. In order to combat the virus, campaigners and opposition MSPs have called for a review of anomalies in Scottish Government rules.
The Euro 2020 location on Glasgow Green is expected to attract up to 6,000 people per day. However, concerns have been made regarding the venue’s approval at a time when Glasgow is seeing an increase in cases and hospitality businesses have been subjected to months of restrictions.
Public health experts have also called for mandatory testing to get access to the fan park, while Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has stated that this would be voluntary.
Fans attending four games at Hampden Park, meanwhile, have been advised that they will simply need a ticket and a mask to get in.
Fans must present a negative lateral flow test result or proof of full vaccination at Wembley Stadium, where Scotland will play England on June 18.
Parents in Level 2 communities have also expressed their dissatisfaction with the continued limitations that prevent them from attending nursery, primary, and secondary school graduation ceremonies, as well as end-of-term sports days.
“I don’t understand why, in recently announced guidelines, no parents are allowed to accompany their child to these visits, even on the playground,” Claire Scott, whose daughter attends a Motherwell nursery, said. This is absurd since we could all be in the same restaurant or movie theater and follow the same protocols.”
Bruce Adamson, the Children’s Commissioner, jumped into the fray, tweeting, “Transitions are a crucial component of children’s right to development.”
“In a year of upheaval and uncertainty, we must do more to protect children’s rights to education, socialization, and play while balancing public health concerns, and @scotgov should reassess the guidance.”
Despite several businesses still being unable to open in the city and harsh capacity restrictions in other settings, Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said on Tuesday that he believed the fan zone would be “low risk.”
However, if “serious issues” surface, he said he reserves the authority to close the fan zone midway through the Euros, which begin on Friday with Scotland competing in a major men’s event for the first time since 1998.
Professor Linda Bauld, an expert in public health at Edinburgh University, said the fan today. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”