Further to our earlier announcement regarding the capacity for Saturday’s cinch Premiership fixture against Celtic, we wish to clarify the rationale behind the City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to allow 4,535 supporters into Tynecastle.
As was the case for our home Premier Sports Cup fixture against Inverness CT, the Club submitted a ‘Physical Distanced Capacity’ application to Edinburgh City Council. Our initial application sought permission to welcome 9,920 supporters into the ground.
We were subsequently advised by the local authority that, based on the need to ensure a 1-meter distance between each person within the stadium, our maximum Physical Distanced Capacity would be 6,047 as, in order to ensure said 1-meter distance, we are required to have two empty seats between each person.
For our first game at Tynecastle following this advice we were allowed 50% of the Physical Distanced Capacity. Accordingly, for last Sunday’s fixture against Inverness CT we were permitted to host 3,023 supporters.
For our second game (Celtic this coming Saturday) we are allowed 75% of the Physical Distanced Capacity. Accordingly, the number permitted for Saturday is 4,535.
Should restrictions remain unchanged for our next home fixture (vs Aberdeen on August 21st), we would expect to be allowed to welcome 6,047 supporters (100% of our max. Physical Distanced Capacity).
The decision ultimately rests with the City of Edinburgh Council and we will continue to work constructively with them with a view to increasing capacity as soon as possible, in accordance with the relevant restrictions.
We fully understand the frustration of supporters which we share and, like you, we are desperate to welcome you back in greater numbers as soon as we possibly can.
We remain hopeful that restrictions will have been further eased by the time we face Aberdeen and therefore, more fans will be allowed into the ground.