Visitors to the Glasgow Green fan zone are not required to show proof of negative Covid-19 test to watch games

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Up to 6,000 football supporters who have bought tickets to watch Euro 2020 matches in the Glasgow fan zone do NOT need to present a negative Covid test to enter

Up to 6,000 supporters will gather in a dedicated fan zone to watch a summer of international football in Glasgow with no evidence of a negative Covid-19 test.

The Glasgow Green arena will be an official fan zone for 31 days from June to July and is described on the official Euro 2020 website as ‘a safe and Covid secured environment’.

Organizers said up to 6,000 fans will be able to enjoy the ‘festival atmosphere’ that will feature each day with food, drinks and activities, as well as screenings of all postponed tournament matches.

Spectators who have successfully booked tickets today have shared their information with Test and Protect – Scotland’s contact tracing app – and are required to ‘check in’ at the venue on the day,

And those planning to watch matches in the dedicated fan zone have been advised to take a test beforehand, despite no proof of a negative Covid-19 diagnosis being required.

Alderman David McDonald Deputy Leader Glasgow City Council (left) poses as Glasgow Green is confirmed as a dedicated fanzone for Euro 2020

Sturgeon scales back unlocking Scotland

Most of Scotland faces tighter coronavirus restrictions for longer due to spikes in Covid cases, Nicola Sturgeon said today.

In updating MSPs, Ms Sturgeon said parts of the country will remain at level two instead of moving to level one next week as planned.

Edinburgh and Midlothian, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, the three Ayrshire areas, North and South Lanarkshire and Clackmannanshire and Stirling will remain at Level 2.

Glasgow, which was kept at Level 3 when measures were eased in the rest of the country on May 17, will move to Level 2 on Saturday, with Ms Sturgeon saying the outbreak had stabilized there and the number of cases fell slightly.

Glasgow residents can drink alcohol indoors from the weekend, meet in private homes and hug loved ones.

Those in Level 1 areas can meet in larger groups outdoors and indoors in public places.

Numbers may also increase at events, weddings and funerals and bars may open a little later inside.

In the Glasgow Green fan zone, which will be largely a seated event and subject to social distancing requirements, 6,000 football fans will gather to watch Scotland’s first major tournament in over 20 years.

There will be two sessions of 3,000 spectators per day at the temporary event to maximize the number of people who can safely attend, with a gap in between to allow time for cleaning.

A Glasgow Life spokeswoman said: “It is not a requirement for cardholders to show a negative result of a Covid-19 test to gain entry to the Fan Zone or stadium on match days.

“In the interest of public health, we would like to encourage all fans to take a test before attending, to help stop the spread of the virus as the country comes out of lockdown.

“Event plans will be continuously reviewed by partners for epidemiological conditions and Covid measures will be monitored leading up to and during the tournament to ensure they remain appropriate.”

The free tickets to watch Scotland play at their first major international tournament since 1998 sold out in ‘seconds’ after the re-release, after an initial operational error caused the tickets to go on sale earlier than expected.

A statement on the official tournament website read: ‘EURO 2020 Glasgow Green Fan Zone tickets went live at 10am today as scheduled.

“Due to high demand, we can confirm that all tickets for the Scotland match sessions were fully booked within minutes.”

The news comes as Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has postponed the country’s roadmap out of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that vaccinations appear to 'weaken' the link between cases and serious illness, and she hoped the virus could be tackled in a 'less restrictive' way in the future

Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that vaccinations appear to ‘weaken’ the link between cases and serious illness, and she hoped the virus could be tackled in a ‘less restrictive’ way in the future

Up to 6,000 supporters secured free tickets to see the Tartan army at their first major international tournament in over 20 years

With the UK not registering any new deaths for the first time in 10 months, Ms Sturgeon told the MSPs that vaccinations appear to ‘weaken’ the link between cases and serious illness, and she hoped the virus would be in a ‘less restrictive’ future way.

But she warned we’re ‘not quite there yet’ and we need to be careful’ until more of the population has had both shots – and said some parts of Scotland won’t go to the lowest level of restrictions next week as planned. .

Ms Sturgeon emphasized that a cautious approach now would mean that there is a greater chance of ‘staying’ on the path to full disclosure.

The number of people dying from Covid every day in the UK was zero today for the first time in 10 months

The number of people dying from Covid every day in the UK was zero today for the first time in 10 months

The number of daily positive tests in Britain is now above 3,000 for six days in a row, meaning the average has risen again after an eight-month low of just 2,000 a day in early May.

Glasgow, which was kept at Level 3 when measures were eased in the rest of the country on May 17, will move to Level 2 on Saturday, with Ms Sturgeon saying the outbreak had stabilized there and the number of cases fell slightly.

Glasgow residents can drink alcohol indoors from the weekend, meet in private homes and hug loved ones.

Those in Level 1 areas can meet in larger groups outdoors and indoors in public places and the numbers at events, weddings and funerals can also increase, while pubs can open indoors a little later.

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