Premiership season could start in August after Scottish government talks – BBC News

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The new Scottish Premiership season will start behind closed doors on the weekend of 1 August – if Scotland is in phase two of its route map out of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sports minister Joe Fitzpatrick met the heads of the major sporting bodies on Friday to discuss restart plans.

The Scottish FA will lift football’s suspension for top-flight clubs on 11 June, allowing them to resume training.

Talks will continue regarding how lower league football will restart.

Playing non-contact outdoor sports was allowed to return in Scotland on Friday.

The situation is assessed at least every three weeks – the next review is scheduled for 18 June – with further phases implemented if enough progress is made on keeping the virus under control.

Professional sport is in phase two; a “restricted number” of spectators are allowed in stage three – potentially mid-July; with crowd restrictions eased further in stage four.

‘Closed doors probably reasonable’ – analysis

Policy advisor Dr Andrew Murray speaking to BBC Scotland

I don’t imagine we’ll see full stadiums as of August, but what you might see is closed-doors games with crowds introduced when the risk assessments indicate that it’s safe to do so.

It is probably reasonable to get back towards behind closed-doors sport in the not too distant future and, beyond then, if you can put enhanced standards of hygiene in and socially distance people appropriately, that may well be supportable.

Scottish football and rugby have responsible organisations. They’ll not just rush back from a financial perspective.

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