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Boston College Announces Student-Athlete Return to Campus, COVID-19 Protocols

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Boston College has implemented a plan to return to athletic activities for its student athletes, the athletic department announced Monday. The plan, centered around COVID-19, is said to adhere to all federal, state, medical and university guidelines.

Under the protocol, face coverings are required to be worn in all common areas, screening and temperature checks for staff and student-athletes are to be conducted daily, only limited personnel is allowed any facility and there will be increased cleaning and sanitizing measures. Temperature checks will be conducted until the Commonwealth enters Phase 4 of the COVID recovery plan, known as new normal.

Once student-athletes come to campus, they will be required to self-quarantine for a maximum of 14 days in compliance with Massachusetts recommendations, though that could change upon guidance from the Commonwealth.

Student-athletes will be tested around the eighth day of the quarantine, though that could be changed based on the best and most current medical evidence.

There are also protocols in place for quarantine and treatment of any positive COVID-19 cases, thought he release doesn’t go into detail.

All in all, it sounds like sound policy, but the key will be whether any outbreaks can be contained. As we’ve seen across the country, COVID-19 has infiltrated many a team and program causing more than a few work stoppages, so execution will be key.