Euro 2020 fan zone attendees WON'T need to show negative Covid test

Up to 6,000 football supporters who bought tickets to watch Euro 2020 matches at fan zone in Glasgow WON’T need to provide negative Covid test to enter

  • No proof of negative Covid-19 test required to enter Glasgow Green this summer
  • Up to 6,000 supporters ordered free tickets which reportedly went ‘in seconds’
  • Festival atmosphere and live matches promised at Euro 2020 dedicated fan zone
  • Follows Nicola Sturgeon delaying Scotland’s roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.

Up to 6,000 supporters will pile into a dedicated fan zone to watch a summer of international football in Glasgow without needing proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

The Glasgow Green arena will be an official fan zone for 31 days from June to July and is described as ‘a safe and Covid secure environment’ on the official Euro 2020 website. 

Organisers said up to 6,000 fans will be able to enjoy the ‘festival atmosphere’ that will be put on display each day with food, drinks, and activities as well as screenings of all of the delayed tournament matches.

Spectators who successfully booked tickets today will have shared their information with Test and Protect – Scotland’s contact tracing app – and will be required to ‘check in’ to the venue on the day,

And those planning on watching games at the dedicated fan zone have been advised to get a test beforehand, despite there being no requirement of proof of a negative Covid-19 diagnosis. 

Councillor David McDonald Deputy Leader Glasgow City Council (left) poses as Glasgow Green is confirmed as a dedicated fan zone for Euro 2020

Sturgeon scales back Scotland unlocking 

Most of Scotland faces tougher coronavirus restrictions for longer due to spikes in Covid cases, Nicola Sturgeon said today.

Updating MSPs, Ms Sturgeon said swathes of the country will remain in level two rather than going down to level one next week as planned.

Edinburgh and Midlothian, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, the three Ayrshire areas, North and South Lanarkshire and Clackmannanshire and Stirling will remain in Level 2.

Glasgow, which was kept in Level 3 when measures eased in the rest of the country on May 17, will move to Level 2 on Saturday, with Ms Sturgeon saying the outbreak there had stabilised with case numbers falling slightly.

Glaswegians will be able to drink alcohol indoors, meet in private residences, and hug loved ones from the weekend.

Those in Level 1 areas can meet outside and indoors in public places in larger groups.

Numbers at events, weddings and funerals can also increase, and pubs can open slightly later indoors. 

The Glasgow Green fan zone, which will be a largely seated event and subject to social distancing requirements, will see 6,000 football fans come together to watch Scotland at their first major tournament in more than 20 years.

There will be two sessions of 3,000 spectators per day at the temporary event to maximise the number of people who can safely attend, with a gap in between to allow time for cleaning. 

A Glasgow Life spokeswoman said: ‘It is not a requirement for ticket holders to show a negative result from a Covid-19 test to gain access to the Fan Zone or the stadium on match days.

‘However in the interest of public health, we would encourage all fans to take a test prior to attending, to help stop the spread of the virus as the country moves out of lockdown.

‘Event plans will be continually assessed by partners against epidemiological conditions and Covid measures will continue to be monitored in the run-up to and throughout the tournament to ensure they remain appropriate.’

The free tickets to watch Scotland play at their first major international tournament since 1998 sold out in ‘seconds’ after re-release, after an initial operational error saw tickets go on sale earlier than anticipated. 

A statement on the official tournament website read: ‘EURO 2020 Glasgow Green Fan Zone tickets went live as scheduled at 10am today.

‘Due to high demand we can confirm that all tickets for the Scotland match sessions were fully booked within minutes.’

The news comes as Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delayed the nation’s roadmap out of the Covid-19 lockdown.

As the UK recorded no new deaths for the first time in 10 months, Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that vaccinations do appear to be ‘weakening’ the link between cases and serious illness, and she hoped that in future the virus can be dealt with in a ‘less restrictive’ way.

But she warned that we are ‘still not quite there yet’ and must ‘err on the caution’ until more of the population has had both jabs – saying that some areas of Scotland will not go down to the lowest level of restrictions next week as planned.  

Ms Sturgeon insisted that a tentative approach now would mean there is more chance of ‘staying’ on the path to a full unlocking.  

The number of people dying of Covid each day in the UK was zero today for the first time in 10 months

The number of daily positive tests in Britain has now been above 3,000 for six days in a row meaning the average has risen again after dipping to an eight-month low of just 2,000 per day at the start of May 

Glasgow, which was kept in Level 3 when measures eased in the rest of the country on May 17, will move to Level 2 on Saturday, with Ms Sturgeon saying the outbreak there had stabilised with case numbers falling slightly. 

Glaswegians will be able to drink alcohol indoors, meet in private residences, and hug loved ones from the weekend.

Those in Level 1 areas can meet outside and indoors in public places in larger groups and numbers at events, weddings and funerals can also increase while pubs can open slightly later indoors. 

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