Thousands of coronavirus test kits will be mailed out to spectators attending the Euro 2020 fan zone in Glasgow, the Scottish Government has said.
In a bid to encourage testing, 17,000 lateral flow test kits will be posted to football fans heading to Glasgow Green.
While the Government has not made testing mandatory for access to the fan zone, it has strongly been encouraged by health officials.
The event will also have Covid marshals on site to ask some attendees whether they have taken a test, as well as a mobile testing bus.
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf toured the fan zone on Sunday, along with national clinical director Jason Leitch.
Mr Yousaf said: “I am encouraged to see first-hand all the mitigations in place at the fan zone which have helped to ensure that it is a low-risk event.
“Supporters can gather here safely in a controlled environment – with necessary physical distancing and hygiene measures in place – to enjoy the football.
“I am also pleased that feedback from fans and staff so far on the arrangements in place – and the atmosphere – has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Ticket holders have already been contacted to emphasise the importance of self-testing.
“It is important to test both before and after the event, so we are now offering test kits to all fans attending to help minimise the risk of transmission.
“Additionally a mobile testing unit will be on site. Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 or whose receives a positive test result must stay away, self-isolate and book a PCR test.”
Sandesh Gulhane, Scottish Conservative shadow public health minister, said: “The SNP’s mixed messaging in relation to the fan zone at Glasgow Green has been hugely unhelpful.
“While plans for increased testing are belatedly welcome, questions must be answered as to why they are only sending out testing kits after the event is well under way.
“Parents and businesses have been understandably angry at this event being given the green light while tough restrictions remain on other celebrations and industries.
“With untested fans having already been at the fan zone, this is the SNP Government taking action after the stable door has potentially already been bolted.
“While everyone wants football fans to enjoy themselves, SNP ministers’ messaging surrounding the fan zone has been increasingly chaotic.
“To ensure that this event could run as safely as possible, mandatory testing kits should have been sent out to everyone in advance.”
On Sunday, the Scottish Government’s daily figures showed 1,036 new coronavirus cases.
However, a delay in reporting results from Glasgow’s Lighthouse lab means figures for the last 48 hours could be lower than in previous days.
No new deaths were recorded while the test positivity rate stood at 5%.
So far, 3,497,287 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 2,425,825 have received their second dose.