Starting next Wednesday, Major League Soccer will become the first North American sports league to allow its players to return to team facilities for individual workouts.
According to an official release from MLS, players can conduct voluntary workouts beginning on May 6 based on state government and local guidelines. All clubs will be required to adhere to safety protocols for all voluntary workouts at team training sites.
MLS to begin individual player workouts beginning May 6https://t.co/iKofpJfVu9— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) May 1, 2020
Some of the safety protocols include restricting training facility to essential staff only, sanitization and disinfection plans for all training equipment and spaces, and staff will be required to maintain a minimum distance of 10 feet from players at all times.
Every team will also be responsible for designating a member of the staff to oversee adherence to MLS-recommended protocols, as well as a specific implementation plan. All plans must be reviewed and approved by the club’s medical staff and local infection disease expert.
As of now, the league-wide moratorium set forth by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, remains in place through Friday, May 15. MLS paused after two weeks into the 2020 season and matches through June 8 remain postponed.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced on Friday the state will be expanding COVID-19 testing and that certain regions of the state could open as soon as May 15.
Portland Timbers owner and CEO Merritt Paulson shared his optimism in a post on Twitter.
"Let's get going," he said.