Last season, only a few SPFL matches welcomed fans
Last season, only a few SPFL matches welcomed fans

At least 2,000 fans will be able to attend football matches from 19 July, the First Minister has confirmed.

Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that Covid-19 constraints would be lifted as planned, albeit with some modifications.

From Monday, seated outdoor stadiums can host 2,000 fans, and standing venues can accommodate 1,000.

Applications could be made on a case-by-case basis to swell that, as was done for Hampden’s Euro 2020 matches.

Aberdeen, for example, have asked for 8,200 supporters to be allowed into Pittodrie up to and including 1 August.

The new baseline limit will apply in the fourth round of matches of the League Cup group stage and Scottish clubs’ European qualifiers.

It also means the SPFL league season will be able to begin at the end of July with fans in grounds.

For matches before Monday – in the League Cup and pre-season friendlies – a maximum of 1,000 and a minimum of 250 can be accommodated, depending on local restrictions.

Ms Sturgeon also reiterated she hopes to remove social distancing and all other Covid measures by 9 August.