“I am pleased to announce that as of today in Ontario, professional sports training facilities will be allowed to reopen, provided that their respective sports leagues have established health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19, “said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sports. , Tourism and culture.
Raptors officials say in a statement that “strict protocols have been designed to ensure that this initial level of access takes place in a safe, controlled and healthy manner”.
The team says the pitch is the only space that can be used by players and coaches, locker rooms, weight rooms, medical facilities, offices, and other areas of the building that remain closed.
The Raptors add that although the NBA directive allows four players at a time in a training facility, the team limits the training facility to one player and one coach at a time without overlapping between groups.
“Staff members will wear gloves and masks at all times while in the building. The players will wear masks at all times, except when they are on the field, “the team said in a statement. “Symptom and temperature checks will be done by team medical staff before anyone enters the facility. “
Thorough cleaning of all spaces and equipment, including basketballs, will take place before and after each player uses the building.
Earlier this week, the NBA said that some players may return to their training facilities voluntarily starting Friday, with very specific conditions and only in locations where local and state governments have approved the openings.
Another barrier for Raptors is the fact that some of them are still in the United States and the Canada-US border is closed to non-essential travel, the Canadian government has said that non-residents entering domestically should follow a two-week quarantine protocol.
Raptors general manager Bobby Webster says about half of the team are in Toronto at the moment and most of them have expressed interest in resuming training. He thinks that it would not only be good for them physically, but also for their mental health.
The Ontario order would also apply to the Toronto Maple Leafs practice center in Etobicoke. However, the NHL has not yet announced protocols for resuming training at this point like the NBA.