At long last, a professional sports team in Boston has opened the doors of it's facility! After Governor Charlie Baker announced on Friday that all five of Boston's pro teams could "fully" get back to practicing on June 6th, the Celtics said that they would go ahead with voluntary individual workouts on June 1st. While we only know of one player who took advantage for sure (Tacko Fall), it's a welcome first step as we try to get back to basketball.
Massachusetts, and Boston specifically, has been slow to move back to normalcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the Celtics will actually be one of the last NBA teams to return to practice. This comes after General Manager Danny Ainge expressed frustration over not being able to see his team start getting back to work and also amidst growing momentum for an NBA return that is rumored for late July in either Las Vegas, or Orlando.
Despite returning to the hardwood, the Celtics will still have to comply with many rules and protocols to ensure the health and safety of everyone in the building. Some of these restrictions and requirements include...
- Symptom and temperature checks before entering the building
- All staff must wear masks and any staff working with a player must wear gloves. Players must wear masks except when engaging in physical activity. Players and staff will adhere to social distancing standards at all times.
- Thorough cleaning and disinfection of all spaces and equipment before and after each player is in the building.
- Only essential staff present. No general staff, public or media allowed.
- Only four players will be able to work out at a time, each with one staff member. No more than one player per half court at a time.
- Workouts will be limited to individual shooting, strength and conditioning and medical evaluation/therapy.
- Only essential areas will be accessed.
- Workouts are voluntary.
Of course, some of these guideline will change come the 6th but it'll probably be a slow progression to get the team all the way back and to get games going. For now, I'll take what I can get and it feels good knowing that someone is in the gym getting better.