In a further step towards the reopening of the Garden State, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that professional sports teams can return to training and competition if their leagues choose to do so.
Murphy also said that professional sports teams in the state are allowed to return to training and competition if their leagues move in that direction. That means the Philadelphia 76ers will be allowed to practice in Camden, while the Flyers can resume practice in Voorhees.
“We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel,” Murphy said in a statement on Twitter.
UPDATE: Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition – if their leagues choose to move in that direction. We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel. pic.twitter.com/yMrCFtSyqY
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 26, 2020
Murphy’s announcement comes two days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted New York professional sports teams permission to open their training camps. Cuomo said teams can return to play without fans in their stadiums.
At the time, the Bills were presumably the only NFL team that Cuomo’s announcement pertained to as both the Giants and Jets train in New Jersey. Now, those squads can start training as well.
Meanwhile other states have announced the reopening of professional sports teams activities.
The NBA, NHL and MLB keep discussing the protocols that would allow for the resumption or start of their respective seasons. The NFL released its 2020 season schedule earlier this month and apparently is getting ready to start its season on time.