Music festivals could take place from August, confirms Jason Leitch

Music festivals could take place in Glasgow as planned starting this summer if the Covid roadmap stays on track, according to Scotland’s clinical director.

Professor Jason Leitch pointed out that the planned end of social distancing rules will allow large-scale events such as concerts, festivals, and sporting events to be held.

Despite rising coronavirus case numbers and uncertainty about the impact of the Delta variant, restrictions in Scotland will be relaxed to Level 0 on July 19, although event sizes remain limited.

Prof. Leitch told BBC The Sunday Show: “On August 9th, all physical distancing and event size restrictions will be lifted.

“For now, I would write that in your diary with a pencil and not with a sharpie marker.”

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“We vaccinate 300,000 people every 10 days, that’s a lot of vaccine. Those six weeks give us a lot of vaccination time.”

First Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has signaled that any “major remaining legal restrictions” could be lifted on August 9th, meaning events like TRNSMT can take place from September 10th to 12th.

The Glasgow Green festival will welcome Liam Gallagher, Courteeners, The Chemical Brothers, Ian Brown, Primal Scream and Snow Patrol.

Organizers, DF Concerts, changed the dates of the event from July to September ahead of the announcement, and bosses said they were “pleased to be back, better than ever”.

The latest coronavirus numbers show Scotland has had one death and 2,639 new cases in the past 24 hours.

The Scottish Government data means the death toll from this daily measurement – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the past 28 days – is now 7,712.

A total of 31,695 tests reported results in the past 24 hours.