Maryland football players will be allowed to report back to the team's facilities as soon as Monday, the athletics department announced in a press release Friday.
After the players each undergo a complete physical exam, mental health screening and COVID-19 education session, the team will hold voluntary individual workouts starting June 15 to begin preparing for the 2020 season.
"Our gradual, phased approach prioritizes the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff," Athletics Director Damon Evans said in a statement. "We remain optimistic about the return of fall sports, and this plan will serve as our cautious and considered roadmap to the resumption of athletic competition."
The state of Maryland and Prince George's County have each begun loosening the health protocols they were forced to enact in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, Maryland officials decided they could begin "Phase 1" of reopening the school's athletics department.
Workouts will be held outdoors with players subject to daily wellness checks, which include a "symptom questionnaire" and temperature checks. All players, coaches and staff will be required to wear facemasks with the team providing them if needed. None of the players will be required to attend the workouts and opting out would not have any affect on a player's scholarship status.
The press release noted that "the plan is subject to change as health conditions and guidance from health officials continues to evolve" but there is no timetable in place for when the school would take the next step in further reopening the athletics department.
There was no mention of any plan for when fall student-athletes outside the football program would be able to resume team activities as well.
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