Officials suggest that the fan zone will be one of the safest places to attend Euro 2020.
According to an official, the Euro 2020 fan zone in Glasgow would be one of the safest venues to watch the event.
Every day of the competition, up to 6,000 people will congregate in the fan zone at Glasgow Green, split into two sessions, to watch matches, which is the first time the Scotland men’s team has qualified for in more than two decades.
In the midst of the epidemic, there have been concerns about the event’s safety, especially because fans are not required to perform a lateral flow test before attending.
Professor Linda Bauld of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Public Health has warned that the fan zone is “not without risk,” despite Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf’s assurances that it is a “low-risk event.”
Mr Yousaf will meet with authorities from Glasgow City Council to continue negotiations over the event’s measures.
Final preparations are underway at Glasgow Green ahead of the opening of the fan zone on Friday, which will feature four huge screens for supporters to watch matches on.
The fan zone will be run by Glasgow Life, and Chris Weitz, senior sport development officer at Glasgow Life, said he is certain it will be a safe atmosphere.
“We’re expecting people to come to the fan zone and enjoy the games in what I would describe as one of the safest places they could come to watch football events, because we’re outside, the tables are separated, and there’s a two-meter social distancing,” he told the PA news agency.
“We’ve followed the guideline, and we’ve worked closely with the Scottish Government and other partners to get advise on what safeguards we need to put in place, and we’ll keep doing so.”
“We are extremely certain that this fan zone will be one of the safest places to watch the Euro matches, and we have worked very hard to ensure that it will remain so for the next 31 days.”
The event venue can hold 80,000 people, but only 3,000 people are allowed at each of the two sessions per day, with a break in between to allow the site to recover. (This is a brief piece.)