Hibs and Hearts can have fully capacity crowds again

Monday August 9th 2021

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Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian football clubs have been granted dispensation today by the City of Edinburgh Council to welcome back full capacity crowds at their upcoming home matches in the next few weeks.

The move follows the easing of Scottish Government Covid19 public health guidance.

Council Leader Adam McVey said:

“We’ve been working very closely and productively with both clubs on over the last few weeks and months to help ensure fans can safely attend home games within the parameters of the public safety guidance. It’s great that we’re now in a position to have both stadiums back at full capacity as Covid restrictions ease. I’m sure fans of both teams will be hugely looking forward to hearing the roar of their home crowds after such a long time and it’s bound to give a real boost to the players themselves too.”

Depute Council Leader Cammy Day said:

“This is great news for Hearts and Hibs fans who can get back to enjoying the football they love. Fans’ safety remains our number one priority and we’re delighted that with the easing of restrictions it’s now possible to welcome back the crowds at Easter Road and Tynecastle once again. We’ll keep things under review, as you’d expect, given the unpredictable nature of this pandemic, but for now we wish both clubs all the best with their return to capacity attendance.”

Ben Kensell, Hibernian Football Club Chief Executive, said:

“We are all really delighted to be able to welcome back our supporters. It is what everyone has been waiting for. While those fans who have attended our recent games have created a terrific atmosphere to spur the team on, we are looking forward to hearing what a full stadium can do. We would like to thank City of Edinburgh Council for their support throughout these challenging times.”

Andrew McKinlay, Heart of Midlothian Football Club Chief Executive, said:

“We are thrilled that full capacity has been restored and would like to thank the City of Edinburgh Council for their support. We really can’t wait to welcome our fantastic supporters back in numbers for the visit of Aberdeen on August 21st and look forward to hearing Tynecastle Park at full voice for the first time in 17 months.”

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