SEC Votes to Allow Schools to Open In-Person Facilities in Return From COVID-19 Pandemic

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The SEC is allowing in-person workouts to return | Lance King/Getty Images

Given the added factors involved with bringing thousands of students to one centralized location amid the coronavirus pandemic, many have questioned if the 2020 college football season will start when most assumed it would in late August.

The SEC has taken a major step towards ensuring college football gets started with minimal delay in their conference, as voluntary in-person activities can be resumed starting on June 8.

College football might have a staggered start to the season, as several conferences have already declared that college football will not start up until students are allowed to return to campus.

In an attempt to make sure that football resumes with as minimal a risk of infection as possible, the SEC is recommending that in addition to social distancing and facility cleaning, schools must test all symptomatic team members, screen athletes before they arrive on campus, and isolate those who test positive.

This might just be the first step of many in terms of getting college football started on time, but it is encouraging that the best conference in the sport is making significant progress towards restarting.