The MLS announced Friday that players may conduct individual outdoor workouts at team facilities beginning Wednesday.
Individual workouts must be conducted on outdoor fields and access to locker rooms, team gyms, and training rooms is prohibited unless a player is receiving treatment or rehabilitating an injury.
Earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker extended the state’s stay-at-home order to May 18. The Revolution are working on a plan to begin training.
“Following MLS’ announcement today, the Revolution are currently working towards a plan that could provide our players the option to use the club’s outdoor fields for their individual workouts,” the Revolution said in statement. “These workouts would only take place if they can be done in a manner that is in compliance with all state and local regulations.”
MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams. The league-wide moratorium on group and team training remains in effect through May 15. Before the shutdown, the Revolution were 0-1-1.
Prior to conducting workouts, MLS teams must submit a plan detailing the implementation of health and safety protocols.
The protocols include identifying and limiting facility access to essential staff and sanitizing all spaces between each workout. Players must complete temperature checks and health screenings prior to each workout, as well as use personal protective equipment and wash their hands when going from parking lots to the field.
Staff will be required to use PPE — masks and gloves — at all times. Staff must also maintain a distance of 10 feet from players at all times.
Practice fields can be divided into four quadrants, allowing multiple players to train, but only under guidelines that restrict contact and ensure social distancing.
The next phase would be small group workouts, but there is no timetable for that because of the fluid situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the policies in different communities.
But the move is a first step toward a return for MLS. NASCAR is bringing back live racing at Darlington Raceway May 17 without fans in attendance. UFC will host the first of three shows without fans in Jacksonville, Fla., starting May 9.
Teams must also have emergency plans in place for any coronavirus-related issues that might come up, including players who become ill.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.