The SEC announced Friday that athletes will be allowed on campus for voluntary workouts beginning on June 8. Campuses have been off-limits dating back to mid-March, when the sports world shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The conference established the Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force in April, which established multiple guidelines consistent with state and local health recommendations.
"The safe and healthy return of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and our greater university communities have been and will continue to serve as our guiding principle as we navigate this complex and constantly-evolving situation," said SEC commissioner Greg Sankey in a release. "At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as currently scheduled, and this limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities on June 8 is an important initial step in that process. Thanks to the blueprint established by our Task Force and the dedicated efforts of our universities and their athletics programs, we will be able to provide our student-athletes with far better health and wellness education, medical and psychological care and supervision than they would otherwise receive on their own while off campus or training at public facilities as states continue to reopen."
The conference has instituted multiple preventative measures in addition to the currently-implemented local and state directives.