Scottish Premiership clubs are due to undergo daily Covid-19 testing from Monday after Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon expressed “deep concern” over the acceleration of the Omicron variant across the company.
The Joint Response Group (JRG) of Scottish football, consisting of the Scottish FA and SPFL representation, said players and staff must be tested every day until the start of the winter break on January 3.
The decision whether to continue with the daily tests will be made before the championship resumes on January 26th.
Further discussions will take place with the Scottish Women’s Premier League, League and Leagues 1 and 2 on whether or not to undergo daily testing.
The JRG has also contacted the Scottish Government to offer football stadiums as vaccination centers.
SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “The Prime Minister has again outlined the reality of the Omicron variant in Scotland today and I am delighted with the rapid response from our Premiership clubs in their efforts to strengthen protocols.
“We will continue to encourage compliance with the Scottish Government’s public health guidelines and will do our part in suppressing and eradicating the latest variant of this ongoing pandemic.”
Rod Petrie, chairman of the Joint Response Group, added: “We don’t need to remember that we are entering another challenging period in the country’s ongoing battle to suppress and overcome Covid-19 and, in particular, its emerging variant Omicron. .
“Scottish football is not immune to the impact of the pandemic and we need to be very vigilant during this particularly busy period before the winter break.
“We remain in regular dialogue with the Scottish Government and their public health and public policy officials and, in order to strengthen protection, we have today increased our protocols in proportion to the challenges that are presented to us.
“We are grateful to our clubs for their commitment to provisionally implement them until the winter break and are happy to support the effort to overcome the virus through vaccination and recall programs and strict adherence to protocols and guidelines for public health “.