Elite football can breathe a sigh of relief following a statement earlier this afternoon from the devolved Scottish administration.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that professional sport can continue despite the introduction of new measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.
The Scottish government released an exemption list, which states “those involved in professional sports, for training, coaching or competing in an event” are among those allowed to leave their homes, as reported by STV.
Sturgeon announced that Scotland will go into full lockdown from Tuesday 5th January with the restrictions in place for the rest of this month at least. Schools will also remain closed.
Our message to Scotland is to #StayAtHome.
You should now only leave the house for essential reasons like:
✔ Getting food or medicines
✔ Any medical need
By following these rules you’re saving lives.
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) January 4, 2021
It remains to be seen if any further measures against Covid-19 will have an impact on the game. Following last season’s messy and convoluted conclusion, the authorities could do without a repeat situation amid the precedent that was set.
Whilst fans are missing being able to attend football games and indeed their absence is felt, the continuation of SPFL football provides a welcome relief and an escape for many people in the present climate.