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Utah State Athletics To Begin Phased Re-Opening Of Facilities

Jun 15, 2020, 9:21 AM | Updated: Apr 26, 2021, 3:50 pm
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Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium, home of the Utah State Aggies football team, is pictured in Logan on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (Courtesy of Deseret News)
(Courtesy of Deseret News)

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State Athletics announced a comprehensive plan to re-open its facilities for voluntary individual workouts for football players beginning Monday.

The announcement came after the decisions by the NCAA Division I Council and the Mountain West Conference to allow the resumption of in-person voluntary workouts at on-campus facilities.

Included in the plan, other student-athletes will be able to return later this summer in a phased approach.

Utah State Athletics has collaborated with the university, state and local health officials as well as state leadership to develop a comprehensive plan that is designed to provide the highest level of care for health and safety to student-athletes, staff and the campus community.

When student-athletes return to campus, they will be evaluated for clearance by the USU medical staff. Student-athletes will be continuously monitored and will be expected to adhere to a number of safety protocols, consistent with federal and local public guidelines.

Re-opening the facilities will allow student-athletes to utilize on-campus weight rooms and athletic training facilities on a voluntary basis. Utah State has outlined policies to keep the safety of student athletes and staff the No. 1 priority. The policies include the following:

  • Student-athletes will be required to do a 14-day quarantine and be tested for COVID-19.
  • Signs and symptoms, including temperature checks will be administered to student-athletes and staff upon arrival at the facility each day. Those individuals that have been cleared will be issued wristbands by appropriate medial staff.
  • Student-athletes will be required to make an appointment to utilize weight rooms and athletic training facilities, and face coverings will be required when within six feet of others.
  • All equipment and facilities will be thoroughly sanitized after each use.
  • Locker rooms facilities will not be available to student-athletes.

The plan outlines protocols for handling positive tests of student-athletes and staff, and is centered on the goals of creating safe and manageable return groups of student-athletes and staff, decentralizing potential areas of congestion and cross-contamination amongst teams and student-athletes and creating contact tracing system within the department.

These protocols are designed to maintain low risk for exposure while managing contact tracing at a high level. Also, develop departmental baselines and manageable work groups for those directly working with the student-athletes, and establish a culture of compliance and social awareness to build long-term success.

The success within each phase will continue to guide the approach to subsequent phases, as greater numbers of student-athletes will be welcomed back on campus in the safest possible manner.

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