Beginning on Wednesday, June 17, Cal student-athletes may begin returning to campus in preparation for voluntary outdoor conditioning workouts under a comprehensive plan that follows strict medical guidelines to support participants’ health and well-being.
The plan includes COVID-19 education, a seven-day quarantine and testing before activities may begin, and physical distancing and facial coverings during workouts. The plan is also in line with the City of Berkeley public health order and guidance set by physicians at University Health Services and other medical experts. Both the Pac-12 and NCAA voted to permit schools to open campus facilities for voluntary workouts in June.
For additional details, please see the news release and FAQ created by Cal Athletics.
There are few experiences more quintessential to a college campus than a football game played under the lights on a crisp fall evening. While we are eager to return to our playing fields in front of loyal Bears fans, we are proceeding with fall planning with the utmost caution. Nothing is more important than the health of our student-athletes, our fans, and our staff.
This Athletics Committee, led by Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton, is considering which staff to bring back to campus to initiate activity, as well as who can continue to work remotely. A full examination of athletics buildings and facilities is underway, and the team is considering whether competition can resume and under what conditions (e.g. without spectators). The recovery team includes team medical personnel.
The Pac-12 Conference recently announced plans to allow for voluntary in-person athletic workouts beginning as early as June 15. The committee is evaluating to what extent this could be possible while.