The MLS is taking small steps to get things back to normal.
The Portland Timbers are among the teams that plan to get back to work Thursday.
— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) May 7, 2020
Along with the Timbers returning, Nashville, Real Salt Lake, LAFC and Houston plan on starting some form of individual workout plans that use team facilities..
More teams in the MLS are will start next week.
In a statement released by the Timbers, these voluntary individual workouts will have sessions at the Timbers Training Center Thursday and Friday.
Teams were required to get league approval before being able to open up. The Timbers have been in constant contact with county and state health officials, as well as the MLS.
Here are the rules in place during training sessions:
Restricting training facility access to essential staff only, with specific staff listed in the plan.
Sanitization and disinfection plans for all training equipment and spaces, including disinfection of any equipment used by players (balls, cones, goals) between every session.
Completion of a Standard Screening Assessment survey by each player prior to every arrival at the training site, and temperature checks upon arrival at the facility.
Staggered player and staff arrivals and departures, with designated parking spaces to maintain maximum distance between vehicles.
Player use of personal protective equipment from the parking lot to the field, and again on return to the parking lot.
Staff use of the appropriate personal protective equipment throughout training, while also maintaining a minimum distance of 10 feet from players at all times.
Hand washing and disinfectant stations for required use before and after individual workouts.
Clubs will have the use of the outdoor fields at their training facility, divided into a maximum of four quadrants per field. A maximum of one player per quadrant may participate per training session with no equipment sharing or playing (passing, shooting) between players.
An Emergency Action Plan for all COVID-19 related issues.
This is just one small step to finally seeing things get slow back to normal. Full team workouts are still on lockdown until Friday, May 15th. Matches are still suspended until June 8th.
You can read the full Portland Timbers statement here.
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