Roma outlined the extent of the precautions they are taking to protect players and staff from COVID-19 after their return to work, including temperature and oxygen checks at the door.
The training will resume in earnest tomorrow, although in the absence of a medical protocol agreed with the FIGC and Government, they are currently only running around the pitches.
“We have worked closely with experts from the Biomedical Campus, to have as much information as possible available to us about how to try to prevent any spread of Covid-19, and to understand how to implement those measures at our training centre,” Chief Global Sporting Officer Manolo Zubiria told the club website.
“As a result we have worked on a precisely detailed protocol, one that has also been approved by Regione Lazio, the local authority.
“There are three stations set up to measure the temperature and oxygen levels of anyone entering the complex, with one station dedicated exclusively for the use of players and coaching staff. Over the last couple of days we have begun with some medical assessments, without having any of the players come into contact with each other.”
Players are split into small groups, which will alternate in three shifts, leaving only four players on each training pitch.
“There will be more than 10 metres between each of the players. In terms of the workload, it will predominantly be athletic work, with some ball-work to regain a feel for the game. Staff on the pitches will all wear masks.
“The players will arrive wearing masks, which they will keep on up until the start of the training session. They will have their temperature measured, oxygen levels recorded via pulse oximetry and then will also complete a Covid-19 specific health questionnaire.
“They will then go to their individual rooms, where they will be able to change and then head directly to the training pitch – because the dressing rooms and other common areas will be kept closed.
“Pitchside the players will find their boots, along with all the fluids they will need throughout the session. At the end of training, they will leave the pitch one at a time and return to their rooms – where they will be able to take a shower and leave all the materials they have used during the course of the training session in a bag that they will have to seal up.”
If a player arrives at Trigoria and his temperature is elevated, he’ll be put in an isolation room and checked again.
“Our physiotherapists will all have to wear one-use protective equipment; including masks, gloves and protective eyewear. All of them will work in a well-ventilated space, and we will never have two physiotherapists working at the same time in the same area.”
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