The Boston Celtics will be reopening the Auerbach Center, the team's practice facility, for voluntary, individual player workouts starting June 1, according to a release from the team.
The announcement comes the same day that Gov. Charlie Baker said he will be issuing an order on Monday that authorizes professional teams to return to practice in their training faciliites.
“We’re happy that our players will now have the option to work out individually in a safe environment at the Auerbach Center, and we hope it signals a step back towards playing basketball again,” said Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations, in a statement.
According to the release, all workouts will follow protocols that include symptom and temperature checks on anyone entering the facility; allowing a maximum of only four players at a time for workouts; requirements for players to wear masks except when participating in physical activity; and requirements for social distancing.
Additionally, only staff members who are essential to workouts will be present. They must wear masks while in the building and any staff member working with players will have to wear gloves. Thorough cleaning and disinfection will also take place.
The NBA began allowing teams to reopen their facilities earlier this month. On Friday, the New York Knicks also announced their training facility is opening back up.
Currently, the league, which has postponed play since March, is reportedly looking at a return later this summer.