Michigan State Athletes Can Return To Campus June 15

Football players will be among those tested first.

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June 04, 2020 - 12:45 pm
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After a long time away, Michigan State student-athletes can return to campus June 15. 

The university made the announcement Thursday in the wake of Governor Gretchen Whitmer lifting the state's stay-at-home order earlier this week. 

Workouts will be voluntary, and any athletes who choose to return will undergo a series of testing for COVID-19 followed by a week of self-isolation before they're cleared to join their teammates. First to undergo testing will be members of the football team, men's and women's basketball teams and volleyball team. 

"We are excited to welcome our student-athletes back to campus," said athletic director Bill Beekman. "Our staff has put together a comprehensive plan with a clear priority on the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes. The strict protocols will allow our student-athletes to safely work out and begin to prepare for a return to competition."

After a week of isolation, athletes who tested negative must return another negative test to begin workouts. Athletes who test positive in the first round of testing will be quarantined for 10 days, after which they'll need a negative test to start workouts. 

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Testing will also be required for coaches, trainers and any other personnel who will interact with the athletes. 

Locker rooms and other indoor common areas will remain closed. Athletes will be required to wear face masks at all times in university facilities except during workouts. 

Michigan State's Director of Athletic Medicine Dr. Anthony Avellino said the school "considered guidance from many experts" in putting together its plan. 

"Our only priority was the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes," he said. "Understanding that our knowledge surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, we will continue to monitor the latest medical and public health information available and make adjustments as warranted."