Despite the implementation of tough new steps to tackle the spread of the coronavirus, professional sports in Scotland have been given the green light to carry on. Sturgeon has ordered a complete March-style lockdown amid concerns about increasing cases around the world.
But Scottish soccer clubs and their rugby counterparts have been told that they will continue to practice and play as normal. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declares that Scotland will be locked down by midnight (PA) An exemption list has been released by the Scottish government stating that “those involved in professional sport, for training, coaching or competing in an event” are among those allowed to leaflet in an event A statement from the Scottish Football Association read, “Following the First Minister’s announcement regarding the increased restrictions this afternoon, we will be speaking to @ScotGov about the impact on grassroots soccer. Most of Scotland will be closed for the whole of January from Tuesday to combat the increasing spread of the new strain of coronavirus, Sturgeon announced.Following the First Minister’s announcement regarding increased restrictions this afternoon, we will be speaking to @ScotGov about the impact on grassroots soccer. We will provide a further update in due course. pic.twitter.com/Mg1AAE9OPk- Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) January 4, 2021The First Minister said a legally enforceable home detention will apply from Tuesday to areas currently under Level 4 – which includes all of mainland Scotland – while schools will remain closed for the rest of the month. Sturgeon announced the changes in a statement to the Scottish Parliament, which was recalled from recess to discuss stricter measures.She told MPs that if no action was taken, hospital capacity could be overflowing ” Due to ongoing problems with the coronavirus, the Vitality Netball Legends Series between the Vitality Roses and the Jamaica Sunshine Ladies, scheduled to take place in England later this month, was postponed.