Aberdeen given go ahead to play Hamilton and St Johnstone fixtures despite new coronavirus lockdown imposed on Granite City
- First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has ordered restrictions on Aberdeen
- It follows a fresh cluster of 54 coronavirus cases in the Granite City
- Scottish football’s Joint Response Group has no immediate concerns
Aberdeen’s clash at St Johnstone on Saturday is set to go ahead as planned despite the Granite City being thrust back into lockdown.
A fresh cluster of 54 coronavirus cases has forced First Minister Nicola Sturgeon into ordering a fresh round of restrictions on Aberdeen.
That sparked fears that the new Scottish Premiership season could be thrown into chaos just two weeks in.
Aberdeen have been given go ahead to play Hamilton and St Johnstone fixtures this week
But Scottish football’s Joint Response Group has no immediate concerns over the situation, with Hampden bosses currently happy for the Dons’ trip to Perth to go ahead.
Premiership clubs have been given an exemption which has allowed them to resume training and playing matches.
Under the terms of that exemption, players and team staff members are operating in a bubble and must undergo twice weekly testing to ensure any fresh outbreaks are swiftly caught and traced.
The latest round of results, released by the JRG on Tuesday, saw 1274 tests carried out across the 12 Premiership clubs plus Hearts and Glasgow City – with no positive results recorded.
Derek McInnes’ team will make the 148-mile round trip to St Johnstone on Saturday
The new measures introduced by the First Minister saw pubs and clubs in Aberdeen ordered to to shut as of 5pm on Wednesday, while residents also been warned against travelling more than five miles.
But Derek McInnes’ team will be given the green light to make the 148-mile round trip between Pittodrie and McDiarmid Park.
McInnes is hoping to see his team get back on track against Saints after kicking off the new campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Rangers at home on Saturday.
Aberdeen are also in action on Wednesday when they host Hamilton and, as things stand, that game is also unaffected.
While the Reds will carry on with their preparations, their women’s side has announced it is postponing training sessions.
The SWPL2 outfit – who do not start their season until October – tweeted: “Given today’s announcement by the First Minister relating to Aberdeen & some enforced lockdown restrictions, we feel as a club it would be best to postpone ALL training for the remainder of this week and next. We will keep you updated accordingly.”
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