THIS season’s 1872 Cup double-header between Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors will be played in front of near empty stands after Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced at lunchtime today that outdoor events will be limited to 500 attendees, with physical distancing of one-metre required, for three weeks from 26th December, in response to the threat posed by the Omicron strain of the Covid virus. This number is likely to include players and other key match-day personnel.
The first 1872 Cup match is scheduled to be played at Scotstoun on 27th December, with the return match at Murrayfield on 2nd January. Edinburgh versus Cardiff Blues and Glasgow versus Ospreys on 8th January will also be inside this window.
“This will, of course, make sports matches – including football – effectively spectator-free over this three week period, a situation similar to that in Wales from Boxing Day,” said Sturgeon. “We know that the much higher transmissibility of Omicron means that large gatherings have the potential to be very rapid super-spreader events, putting large numbers at risk of getting infected very quickly. Limiting these events reduces the risk of wide-spread transmission.
“These large events also put an extra burden on emergency services at a time when these services are already under severe pressure, so limiting large-scale events will help them focus on delivering essential services.”
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