With Coronavirus cases rising across Scotland, those in the game will be anxious about their anticipated plans for some fans to be in attendance at games this weekend. Ross County hope to have around 500 at their game against Celtic on Saturday, two weeks after the Scottish Government allowed rugby to run similar tests.
There are many things we need to learn. How long will it take to process fans entering a stadium and which club has the most effective method? We need to know how fans who have travelled for hours will react when told their temperature is too high to allow entry. Will fans observe social distancing and how safely can this be enforced by stewarding?
The need for information is great and one iteration of learning will not be enough. When safe, we should be testing often.
Allowing test events for a few hundred fans at open air football games has to be among the safest activities available in the country. There is zero scientific reason for preventing them and many valid reasons to hold them, but this is all about signals and how to effectively govern the population. Football is a political football (sorry). It does not have the political clout of the drinks industry, or even rugby, for that matter, or some would have been watching football from the safe outdoors weeks ago.