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No disinfection pods or vaccine passports likely at Hampden for Euros – Leitch

But he said fans should expect some measures to be in place, including physical distancing, within the stadium.


The Euro 2020 games will take place this summer at Hampden (Jeff Holmes/PA)

The Euro 2020 games will take place this summer at Hampden (Jeff Holmes/PA)

The Euro 2020 games will take place this summer at Hampden (Jeff Holmes/PA)

Disinfection pods and vaccine passports are not expected to be used for the Euro 2020 games at Hampden this summer, Scotland’s national clinical director has said.

However Professor Jason Leitch said fans can expect to see measures such as physical distancing within the stadium.

The Scottish Government has given approval for 12,000 spectators to be in the stadium – 25% of its capacity – for the games in June.

Scotland are due to play the Czech Republic on June 14 and Croatia eight days later, with Hampden also hosting two other games.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing on Thursday, Prof Leitch said: “The detail has still to be worked out but I think I can already tell you there will be no disinfection pods, I don’t anticipate disinfection pods and I also don’t anticipate vaccine passports for outdoor events at Hampden.

“I think there will be some what we call non-pharmaceutical interventions in place, I imagine there will be distanced queuing, I imagine we will control public transport differently from how we do it, and people will be distanced in the stadium, so tickets will be distributed in groups if we manage to get to that point where we’ve got 12,000 people in the stadium.”

He said decisions about face coverings are still to be made, and that Uefa rules as well as Scottish regulations must be considered.

Prof Leitch said: “Twenty-five per cent allows you to do pretty good distancing, not quite two metres on every step but very good distancin,g and there will be decisions made about face coverings.

“Some of that will be for Scottish rules, so if you come to Scotland and go to a football game in Scotland we are responsible for the rules, but there will also be Uefa rules in what happens in each of their stadia across Europe.”

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