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Cal Student-Athletes Now Allowed to Return for Voluntary Outdoor Workouts
Student-Athletes are allowed to return under strict guidelines
"We have put a plan in place that provides very specific guidelines and safeguards that will support the health of our student-athletes and staff," said Dr. Lindsay Huston, Cal's head team physician. "It relies on input from some of the top infectious disease experts in the country – from our own School of Public Health and elsewhere – as well as collaborative work with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee. We are also well-prepared for the possibility that in two weeks, a month, three months, things could look very different, so we will have to continue to adapt and be flexible as conditions change."
Prior to returning to campus, all student-athletes and staff must complete mandatory educational training, which includes information on COVID-19 signs, symptoms, evaluation, testing, as well as infection prevention and control. This is in addition to any university-required training and is specific to athletic activities.
Prior to beginning athletic activities, all student-athletes will quarantine in their residences for seven days, and they will undergo an antibody test, a COVID-19 test and a physical exam before being cleared to participate.
All student-athletes and staff will follow specific protocols every time they enter an athletic facility, including temperature checks (via a touchless thermometer) and symptom screening (using an electronic questionnaire). Each person will have a scheduled entry time to maintain physical distancing from arrival through departure. Specific protocols are in place should anyone test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, including isolation.
The university also provided a FAQ on the topic here.