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Scottish Government’s confusing policy relents

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My appetite for circulating in public diminished after hearing news of how the virus has taken hold in several towns across the country.  Public health always comes first, with the consequences of the economy and children’s education following closely.  Nothing else really matters.

Despite that, we have to learn how to navigate our lives through this and news that 300 people will attend Ross County – Celtic and Aberdeen – Kilmarnock on Saturday is very welcome.  Not much will be learned from such a low number, perhaps only that the temperature measuring equipment used works (it has already been tested in greater numbers, it works), but it feels significant that the Scottish Government acknowledge that controlled trials of any activity is necessary and responsible behaviour.

And be clear: despite being practically the last activity permitted, the health risks of socially distanced, well policed, outdoor gatherings is negligible to zero.  Pubs reopened for indoor custom in Scotland eight weeks ago, without police oversight or any prior trials.

Now that the concept of holding trials has been agreed, the next step must be to hold meaningful trials, when we will learn how efficiently thousands of fans filter through entry systems.  Who knows, maybe taking fans out of the pub to an outdoor stadium to watch the game will slow the virus.  If only the world’s entire scientific community would speak clearly that indoor meetings are more dangerous than outdoor, the Scottish Government’s Indoor Pubs First, Outdoor Football Last policy would be less confusing.  Not that policy from London is any better; I’m beginning to think the SNP’s strategy of shadowing Boris Johnson’s government on Corona planning is not such a great idea.

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  1. MCPHAIL BHOY on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:10 PM

     

    ST TAMS on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:02 PM

     

     

    Anyone know why the Hibs game has been moved to a Sunday

     

     

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    Europa league on the Thursday?

  2. “And be clear: despite being practically the last activity permitted, the health risks of socially distanced, well policed, outdoor gatherings is negligible to zero.”

     

     

    Evidence base?

     

    Cheltenham races?

     

     

    “Pubs reopened for indoor custom in Scotland eight weeks ago, without police oversight or any prior trials.”

     

     

    And look how that’s worked out.

     

     

    “ I’m beginning to think the SNP’s strategy of shadowing Boris Johnson’s government on Corona planning is not such a great idea”

     

     

    RichardLeonardCSC

     

     

    Podium also refused.

     

     

    In other news, I’ve bought a ticket for the Ross County match. £15. Straight to a club that really is at the heart of its community.

     

     

    A deeper consideration of the potential for this new way of funding Scottish football would have been a worthy topic for a lead article.

     

     

    HH jg

  3. I think we are being subjected to a herd immunity approach by stealth. I think our UK right wing government has an economy first, economy second and economy last approach to this.

     

     

    Kids can’t play indoor football but their dad and his mates can stand shoulder to shoulder in a pub still all night ?

     

     

    Bonkers.

  4. I’ll be interested to know how much Ross County get from showing the game as a one-off?

     

     

    Not insignificant I suspect…here’s hoping the bandwidth holds up.

  5. Yawn. 16,000 are due to attend the horse racing at Doncaster, which public health expert Devi Sridhar says is ill-advised. As for football, how do the thousands you want to go to the games get there? Pack into trains with other supporters, or stagger their arrival over 3 hours?

  6. JAMESGANG on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:19 PM

     

    “And be clear: despite being practically the last activity permitted, the health risks of socially distanced, well policed, outdoor gatherings is negligible to zero.”

     

     

    Evidence base?

     

     

    Cheltenham races?

     

     

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    Cheltnam wasnt socially distanced.

  7. I had to check the date when I read that Trump has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize.

     

    World gone mad!!!

  8. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Nope, children’s education comes first.

     

     

    If you feel vulnerable, stay in.

     

     

    It’s your choice.

  9. How do the thousands safely enter the stadium and negotiate the corridors and stairways to the outside seating ? Staggered entry system ?

  10. CHAVEZ on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:29 PM

     

    Yawn. 16,000 are due to attend the horse racing at Doncaster, which public health expert Devi Sridhar says is ill-advised. As for football, how do the thousands you want to go to the games get there? Pack into trains with other supporters, or stagger their arrival over 3 hours?

     

     

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    All of that can be controlled. You can control how many people are on a bus or a train.

  11. If every ground was like Ross County’s, and every supporter base was drawn from as small an area as Ross County’s and every crowd was restricted to 200-300 then there would be some point.

     

     

    But that’s not what any of this is about.

     

     

    It’s about getting tens of thousands, travelling from all over the place, into Parkhead.

     

     

    It’s just not going to be happening in the foreseeable future.

  12. RON BACARDI on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:33 PM

     

    How do the thousands safely enter the stadium and negotiate the corridors and stairways to the outside seating ? Staggered entry system ?

     

     

    One-way systems, lots of hand sanitizers, avoiding 3rd party contact at booths, seat distancing…

     

     

    We just have to redesign and reimagine for the problem. We, as the fan, have to change behaviour to play our part.

  13. Control…controlling the masses…Trump for peace prize…

     

    World gone mad!!!

     

    Mother nature must be feeling very uncomfortable at the moment…

  14. If its true that Tom R has decided to stay then I’m delighted , a fit Tom can be the Pick for the lock of a lot of the 11 men behind the ball tactics we are going to face all season plus his customary goals at Ibrox what’s

     

    not to like .

  15. WEEBOBBYCOLLINS on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:40 PM

     

     

    Nominated by a far right Norwegian politician.

     

     

    But if Kissinger can win it, then why not?

  16. BIG WAVY on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:39 PM

     

     

     

    ‘We, as the fan, have to change behaviour to play our part.’

     

     

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    How about changing your behaviour and playing your part by not attending?

     

     

    Would that not be the mature, responsible and considerate approach?

  17. CARRIGTWOHILL on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:43 PM

     

     

    Rogic doesn’t contribute much over 90 minutes, but what he does contribute is invaluable.

     

     

    And with five subs now allowed he’s now less of a risky luxury than he might have been.

  18. Big Wavy

     

     

    I have so much sympathy for people wanting to ‘get back to normal.’ At work, with family, socially, going to the pub and watching the fitba.

     

     

    It makes people susceptible to a siren call from a mop-headed fool to get back into town. Driven mainly by the desire and pressure to re-line the pockets of his party’s financial supporters.

     

     

    Much of this deadly virus remains unknown to a greater or lesser extent. One certainty is that social mixing is where its multiplication spawns.

     

     

    HH jg

  19. Ernie

     

     

    Of course there is that but in a world where this pervades everything we have taken for granted, sitting in the house forever isn’t sustainable. We must adapt.

     

     

    We aren’t dealing with a known that lasts until late Autumn say, but possibly a way of living with it possibly for years.

     

     

    Ensuring our environments are controlled as best we can against the spread of the virus is a somewhat more realistic view of how things will pan out.

  20. Pubs and schools have reopened too soon.

     

    Pubs for the boost to the economy. Schools so that there are babysitters for the minimum wage workers to return to work. There is a cull of the population going on.

     

    Survival of the fittest times. Football should not have crowds in stadia yet. Too early.

     

    Then again, it is all about the money.

     

    Economy before lives. Disgusting.

  21. I think there are a plethora of midfielders in front of Rogic in the manager’s eyes. He likes legs and movement more and I’m not sure Tom feels the love like he did before.

     

     

    I’d still expect him to be gone by the end of the window. Sadly, as I love the big man on his day.

  22. DELANEYS DUNKY on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:54 PM

     

     

     

    Are you sitting down?

     

     

    I agree. Though the schools thing is tricky. There are/were a lot of adverse effects on kids from not going to school.

  23. Some 3,640 punters will be able to attend the St Legers Festival at Doncaster today

     

    Tomorrow, who knows?

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  25. ernie lynch

     

     

    That just reminded me of a skit by the late great John Belushi, Saturday Night Live I think, where he impersonated Henry Kissinger…

     

    “So, Henry Kissinger what would you say was the highest point in your career so far”

     

    “Well that would have to be being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for ending the Vietnam War”

     

    “And what would be the lowest point?”

     

    “Well that would be when the Vietnam War actually ended….in 1975”

  26. RON BACARDI on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020 1:12 PM

     

    BIG WAVY

     

    You volunteering to control the thousands who will no doubt ignore any systems.

     

     

    I hear you Ron. I’m not for a minute saying it is an easy slam dunk but if the house rules change to allow us to get in and see the game then I trust we play our part and help self-police. If we don’t, then it’s a pretty quick and fast level of consequence – Ground shut.

     

     

    Here’s an idea. Test for temperature and also those over the drink limit. Negative scores on both and no entry.

     

     

    Eternal optimist csc

  27. DELANEYS DUNKY on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020 1:19 PM

     

    I am actually having to lie down.

     

    Ernie Lynch agreed with a post of mine. 😜😂

     

     

    I have ‘through the barricades’ by Spandau playing in my head after that.

     

     

    Just beautiful to see….

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