Hokies football prepares to begin voluntary workouts

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Tech football announced protocols that the Hokies will follow as they prepare to begin voluntary workouts this week in Blacksburg.

The procedures are based on the standards established by the State of Virginia and Montgomery County public health officials.

“Our foremost priority continues to be the health and welfare of our student-athletes and staff, as well as the Virginia Tech and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Mark Rogers, Chief Medical Officer for Virginia Tech Athletics. “We will continue to evaluate our protocols to ensure these workouts are conducted in strict adherence with current health and safety guidelines.”

Athletes wishing to participate in the workouts will undergo screening protocols prior to being cleared to participate and will be monitored on a daily basis.

The workouts will be limited to small groups and will take place in the Beamer-Lawson Practice Facility and the adjacent Steve Johnson practice fields. The locker room and weight room will remain closed at this time.

All participating athletes and staff will wear recommended personal protective equipment upon entering team facilities.

“An abundance of caution will be utilized to ensure all equipment is sanitized appropriately between workout groups,” Rogers said.

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said the staged return of student-athletes is one of the first steps in the university’s plan to return to on-campus instruction this fall, along with in-person clinical programs and some research operations that are also preparing to ramp up this summer.

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