Post by Roy of the Rovers on Sept 10, 2020 15:00:07 GMT
BBC: The return of fans to Scottish sports stadiums has been delayed until 5 October at the earliest, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
The previously indicated date of 14 September has been pushed back three weeks due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.
But two Scottish Premiership test events - Aberdeen v Kilmarnock and Ross County against Celtic - will go ahead on Saturday as planned.
Further possible pilots will be judged on a "case to case basis".
Last month's Pro14 meeting of Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors, which saw 700 spectators at Murrayfield, is the only Scottish sport pilot event held so far.
But the prospect of welcoming back larger crowds this month is now over, with the average daily rate of coronavirus cases in the week up to yesterday having risen to 55, from just 14 six weeks ago.
Sturgeon confirmed Scotland is likely to remain in phase three of lockdown restrictions "for some time yet".
"The pandemic is at this stage accelerating again - albeit, and thankfully, from a low base and not as rapidly as it was back in March and April," said the first minister.
"We have concluded that these changes must be paused for a further three weeks. The new indicative date for their resumption is Monday 5 October.
"However, I must stress that this remains an indicative date - a final decision can only be taken nearer the time."
'We all want to get back to normal' Celtic previously had hopes of a trial event against Motherwell dashed, but are in line to play in front of around 300 fans in Dingwall this weekend.
"It'll just be good having fans back in," said captain Scott Brown. "It's crucial we get them back into stadiums and playing in front of them again but this is a little test for us and here's hoping it works well.
"You want to play in front of 60,000 fans and we've missed that. It's hard for us to say no if we're walking about the street and [fans are] asking for a photo or a chat. But we want things to get back to normal, everybody does, and we need to make sure we're all doing our bit."
Worrying indeed and the camera system may be a saver until we can return. Will never understand why you can go to pubs, etc but not stand outside in a small ground though. Also wonder if the rise is due to the behaviour of high school teenagers. Anyone who has been in our town centre at lunchtime will see large crowds of them at the takeaways and hanging around with no distancing. Should have kept them within school grounds at lunchtime to stop it spreading. Selfish.
I actually don’t think much has changed with yesterday’s update. The test events will still go ahead, the next decision will be taken the day before the first Bet Fred Cup games so we could still be allowed fans at those games. Hopefully people heed the warnings and we can get back on track for the 5th October 🤞🏼