People attending the Euro 2020 fans zone in Glasgow will be mailed lateral flow tests from tomorrow in a bid to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Around 17,000 people who are due to attend the spectator park in Glasgow Green will be contacted and sent tests.
Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has urged ticket holders to take a test before and after attending the zone over the course of the tournament.
Throughout the 31-day tournament 6,000 people will be able to watch the matches on a big screen each day.
Concerns have been raised by politicians and health experts about the zone considering the rise in cases across Scotland over the last month.
The Scottish Government has also announced there will be mobile testing bus at Glasgow Green to provide lateral flow testing.
Yousaf said: “I am encouraged to see first-hand all the mitigations in place at the fan zone which have helped to ensure that it is a low risk event. Supporters can gather here safely in a controlled environment – with necessary physical distancing and hygiene measures in place – to enjoy the football.
“I am also pleased that feedback from fans and staff so far on the arrangements in place – and the atmosphere – has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Ticket holders have already been contacted to emphasise the importance of self-testing. It is important to test both before and after the event, so we are now offering test kits to all fans attending to help minimise the risk of transmission. Additionally a mobile testing unit will be on site. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or whose receives a positive test result must stay away, self-isolate and book a PCR test.
“Stewards will closely monitor the site and ask a sample of attendees about uptake of testing prior to arriving, while public health advisors will continue to look at data to ensure the event is being managed as safely as possible.
“The fan zone provides a focal point for celebrations and showcases the city. We want other businesses in Glasgow, including bars and restaurants, to be able to benefit from a boost in trade as a result of the tournament.”
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