At least 20 police officers in Dundee are self-isolating after they played football with a colleague who had coronavirus.
Four Police Scotland staff based in the city have tested positive, following the seven-a-side game.
One officer tested positive shortly after playing with his colleagues, forcing the rest of the players, and their households, into isolation.
It is understood some of the officers involved have partners in the force, meaning at least 20 staff are now in isolation and unable to work.
A source said: “They played a game of seven a side football and after that, one of them tested positive.
“The bosses immediately told everybody involved in the game to isolate but a lot of them have partners in the police and they had to isolate as well.
“Obviously they have all been in contact with a lot of other people as well.
“I think there are more than 20 police officers who are having to isolate for two weeks and their offices are having to be deep cleaned.
“If you think about the number of police on duty at any time in Dundee, that must mean loads of shortages.”
Police Scotland insisted there were enough officers nationally to address local shortages caused by outbreaks.
Under the current national coronavirus guidelines, organised outdoor sports can go ahead, subject to rules specific to each activity.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police Scotland is following Scottish Government and health guidance and where cases of coronavirus are identified, we work with the local health board and adhere to Test and Protect procedures.
“We have sufficient capacity and as a national service Police Scotland can flex resources should there be a requirement to do so.”
The Scottish Football Association’s rules for recreational games say five and seven-aside organised games can go ahead, provided they are held at official venues and on the correct size of pitch.
There can be up to 14 players and three coaches, on a seven-a-side pitch or court.
Players do not need to socially distance outdoors but coaches must.
A two-metre distance must be maintained inside and around the venue.
Earlier this month, tightened restrictions were enforced in the central belt, banning recreational contact sports for at least two weeks.
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