Coronavirus test kits to be mailed to visitors of the Glasgow Fan Zone

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RAPID lateral flow test kits will be mailed from tomorrow to all visitors to the Glasgow Fan Zone to encourage testing.

17,000 ticket holders due to attend the UEFA EURO 2020 Fan Zone at Glasgow Green will be contacted.

In addition, a mobile testing bus is also now at Glasgow Green to provide on-site lateral flow testing, while attendees may be asked by COVID marshals on-site whether they have taken a test as part of ongoing reporting on the site.

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Photo by Medakit Ltd on Unsplash. The move is part of a series of measures to help reduce the risk of transmission before and after the event.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf confirmed the arrangements today as he was given a tour of the facility alongside Scotland’s National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch.

Mr 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.”