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Miami Hurricanes announce COVID-19 protocols for return to play

The Hurricanes’ first phase includes 65 football players returning for voluntary workouts.
The Miami Hurricanes mascot Sebastian the Ibis cheers during a game at Camping World Stadium in August in Orlando.
The Miami Hurricanes mascot Sebastian the Ibis cheers during a game at Camping World Stadium in August in Orlando. [ Times ]
Published Jun. 15, 2020

The Miami Hurricanes announced their coronavirus protocols Monday as 65 football players return for voluntary workouts.

Miami is phasing players and breaking them into groups of eight (plus a trainer and strength and conditioning coach) for socially distanced workouts that follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among the steps Miami is taking to limit the risk of COVID-19: Baseline testing before any organized activities for players and staff members who have direct contact with players; testing for symptomatic individuals and return-to-play protocols for positives cases; contact tracing and daily screening and temperature checks.

The ’Canes have also added updated sanitation steps, such as more hand sanitizer stations and disinfection of commonly touched surfaces. Players and staff members are expected to remain 6 feet apart and wear masks in public areas.

“We are excited to start bringing our student-athletes and staff back to campus,” athletic director Blake James said in a statement. “We have worked diligently with our colleagues on campus and at UHealth to ensure that we have a plan in place to bring them back safely and securely and that is consistent with the broader University plan.

“It has been inspiring to witness the commitment and dedication of our U Family to stay connected to each other throughout this pandemic. But there’s no place like the University of Miami and I know everyone is looking forward to getting back to our campus.”

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