Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday issued guidelines for the “Safe Start” program that allow for the gradual reopening of certain businesses, including professional sports, as King County moves into a modified Phase 1 of its recovery plan during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Seahawks, who practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, must adhere to the mandates below that apply to all professional indoor and outdoor sporting activities.
As of June 5, the NFL has allowed coaching staffs to return to club facilities if local regulation permit, though it’s clear that not all teams will do so immediately.
“All professional sporting activities, including back-office operations of up to 50 people, unless a county’s then-current phase permits a greater number of people, full team practices, and spectator-less games and competitions, can resume on June 5, 2020, regardless of phase, if all of the following conditions are met,” reads the governor’s announcement.
Here are the specific requirements all professional sports organizations in Washington must follow:
• The organization must follow both the leaguewide and team-specific “return to play” safety plans.
• The leaguewide plan must be approved by the players union.
• The team must report in advance to its respective county health department the dates when full team practices and spectator-less preseason games will occur.