Date: 7th July 2021
On the 26th of June, The British and Irish lions Rugby Team were granted 16,500 fans at Murrayfield for a friendly against Japan, 25% of its total capacity. 1 mile down the road at Tynecastle, Hearts have currently been allocated 500 fans for their upcoming cup fixture against Cove Rangers on the 13th of July. This is 2.5% of its total capacity. 3 miles east to Easter Road, Hibernian have been allocated 2,000 fans for a friendly against Arsenal on the same day, which is just under 10% capacity.
3 different stadiums, 1 city, and 3 different capacity measures for sport events less than 3 weeks apart. And we now ask, why?
As Covid 19 guidelines and restrictions remain in place for us all, you would expect that there would be consistency for decisions made for similar events and that follow scientific logic. However, fans from both Hibs and Hearts both rightly question why a Rugby match can permit 25% capacity and hearts fans are restricted to ten times less. Further questions are raised as Hibs are permitted 4 times the number of Hearts fans for a match on the same day.
As the independent representative for fans of both clubs, we now ask Clinical Advisor Professor Jason Leitch and the Scottish Government why there are differences in these restrictions and the scientific logic and reasoning behind these decisions. All fans await your response.
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