By: Hays Carlyon
The Jaguars will start returning to TIAA Bank Field next week following the Memorial Day holiday.
The team announced its plan to implement the phase one reopening on Tuesday. All employees have worked remotely since March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The reopening of the Jaguars office under established NFL guidelines represents a positive next step toward the return of Jaguars football,” Jaguars president Mark Lamping said in a statement released by the team.
“The Jaguars have remained open for business throughout the last several weeks, and I’m exceptionally proud of how our employees transitioned to virtual collaboration. They maintained the same high standard of customer service our fans have come to expect and have found creative ways to keep fans informed, engaged, active and entertained. Just as we will do for our fans, players and coaches, the Jaguars will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure the well-being of our staff.”
A maximum of 75 employees, but no more than 50 percent of the team’s football staff, is permitted to be on site at TIAA Bank Field beginning on May 26.
This group includes personnel from football operations, strength and conditioning, athletic training, equipment, facility management and technology.
Coaches and players, besides those players currently undergoing medical rehabilitation, are not permitted to be at the club facility at this time.
Between now and May 26, the team is finalizing and testing its safety protocols before admitting new employees. The safety protocols include adding additional signage, education about respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene, ensuring social distancing where possible, placing markings on the floor to help with social distancing, and implementing a process to audit cleaning protocols.
All employees that return to the facility will do so on a voluntary basis, as long as they are comfortable returning to the stadium.
Masks must be worn in the stadium by all employees unless they are alone in their offices.
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