East Kilbride face Kilmarnock tomorrow in the Premier Sports League Cup with a crowd limit of 270. Rovers play Ayr with a crowd limit of 150.Who sets the crowd limits? and why is our crowd almost half 0f East Kilbrides.
Having been at the K park, I'd be interested to see how EK have calculated their 2m social distancing to achieve a crowd limit of 270.
In terms of capacity, the upper limit is set by Scot Gov which relates to the COVID tier the region is in. For tier 2 it's 500, be it Celtic, Motherwell, Accies, Airdrie, EK or us. Clubs can then apply to the local authority for an increase to this, each request based on its own merits, similar to what Aberdeen have done today. In terms of the Rovers and how our capacity has been calculated, the short version is we can have as many into our ground as long as it doesn't exceed 500 but we must be able to maintain a 2m social distance.
The club have quite literally been around the ground with a yard stick, well a 2 metre stick to calculate how many we can get in whilst maintaining social distancing obligations. The answer was 150. Hope this helps explain the logic.
For me personally I find it really frustrating that we are having to follow these rules and when you switch on the TV you can see 60K plus inside Wembley.
Fingers crossed this will only be the case for the next 4 matches, however it really will be dependant upon ScotGov and their views around the relaxation of 2m social distancing.
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Plaudits for Rovers for sticking to the letter of the rules. Just like the pandemic some of us stick to them while others blatantly flaunt them. Having also been at East Kilbride's ground they must have mistook 2 feet for 2 metres but then like everything else during this pandemic is anybody actually be forcing the rules?