On the same day that the SEC made its decision to allow in-person voluntary athletic activities to resume, Florida has announced its plans to allow student-athletes back on campus.
The presidents and chancellors of the SEC schools voted to allow voluntary in-person workouts to resume starting on June 8, though each school will have its own discretion on how to move forward.
At UF, student-athletes will gradually return over the span of multiple weeks, with fall athletes returning first. Florida’s current plan is below:
May 26: First group of football players return
June 15: Returning volleyball and soccer players
June 29: Returning men’s and women’s basketball players
July 1: Incoming football, volleyball, soccer, women’s basketball and men’s basketball players
Upon returning, athletes will get tested for COVID-19 and have physicals done. Once cleared, they will also have daily temperature checks and health questionnaires. All weight room equipment will be sanitized. Only strength-and-conditioning staff will be allowed to supervise workouts, which are by appointment only.
This will be the first time that athletes will be allowed to utilize on-campus facilities since the SEC suspended all athletic activities on March 12. Friday’s decision comes two days after the NCAA opted to lift the ban on in-person athletic activities for football and men’s and women’s basketball starting June 1.
"Our sports-medicine team has worked closely with the experts at UFHealth, including the infectious disease staff, to make sure we're taking every precaution necessary when we bring our athletes back,'' Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a release. "The only way we would bring them back if we felt we could do so in the safest manner based on the data that has been developed. The experts know a lot more now than they did two months ago about the virus."