The Friday announcements are the latest signs that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall.
"The safe and healthy return of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and our greater university communities have been and will continue to serve as our guiding principle as we navigate this complex and constantly-evolving situation", said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. During the workouts themselves, it will be under stringent supervision under university health officials and safety guidelines. "At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as now scheduled, and this limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities on June 8 is an important initial step in that process".
SEC athletes are being allowed to return to campus for voluntary workouts beginning on June 8, after school presidents voted on the matter in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. "I expect that at some point down the road the NCAA and SEC will allow student-athletes from other sports to return, and when they do, we will likely phase those in starting with the remaining fall sports teams".More news: Sweden isn't anywhere close to reaching herd immunity after anti-lockdown strategy
"Allowing for voluntary athletics activity acknowledges that reopening our campuses will be an individual decision but should be based on advice from medical experts". The transition period to full activity scheduled to begin June 8.
Permitted actions are limited by the NCAA to voluntary activities supervised by strength and conditioning personnel. We will not compromise the safety and well-being of our student-athletes in this process, taking all possible precautions.
As part of its recommendations, the Task Force prepared a series of best practices for screening, testing, monitoring, tracing, social distancing and maintaining cleaned environments.More news: S&P/TSX composite edges higher as U.S. stock markets fall; Loonie down
"We encourage each school to use its discretion to make the best decisions possible for football and basketball student-athletes within the appropriate re-socialization framework", the NCAA's council chair and Penn athletic director M. Grace Calhoun said.
Enhanced education of all team members on health and wellness best practices, including but not limited to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
"Football, volleyball and soccer teams will return in phases within those teams in the month of June", he said in a release. Abbott has already issued new rules to allow youth sports leagues to resume in June and for some professional leagues to hold events without spectators.More news: Human trials of British coronavirus vaccine to widen to 10000
SEC programs include several college football powerhouses, including the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University.