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14 May 2020

The way back to training: One way system; five players per pitch; players arrive changed; disinfectant at the ready; Covid-19 tests twice a week

Town have been given a 50 page document by the EFL on the protocol to follow when players return to training.

Blues were scheduled to resume training on Monday but that return date has now been put back at least until May 25, giving EFL clubs time to adjust training grounds and meet the criteria required.

Players and all staff have to be tested twice a week, with no one allowed on site at the training ground unless they have tested negative for Covid-19 48 hours before.

It’s suggested a ‘one way system’ is put in place at the training ground, while the two metre social distancing guidelines should be adhered to at all times.

Players will have to arrive already changed and bring their own drinks and will be subject to a temperature check and medical questions before gaining access.

The gym will be out of use as will the canteen and dressing-rooms and players will leave in their cars straight after training has finished and shower at home.

Only up to five players will be allowed to train on one pitch and must maintain the social distancing. Shooting and one to one goalkeeper work is allowed but no close contact drills.

All equipment must be disinfected between sessions with at least a 30 minute gap between sessions and sessions are only allowed to last for 75 minutes.

The EFL and relevant health authorities also have to verify that the Club meets the requirements before giving the go-ahead to return to training.

The EFL clubs in League One will meet again tomorrow in the latest weekly conference call to discuss the on-going situation.  

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