The LA Rams training facility has been revamped to meet all COVID-19 protocols
The training camp for the LA Rams begins in six days. That’s plenty of time to complete the finishing touches for the team. But that is only if minor changes need to take place. Based on the latest report from therams.com Stu Jackson, everything is ready. Well, everything is ready based on what’s known today. Things can change rapidly. To be fair, things have been changing rapidly all year. That’s why these changes are so important. The team facilities need to meet the new standards. And they do.
This is not a science fiction movie, nor a dress rehearsal. This is groundbreaking for everyone, so there are no experience nor reference materials to guide anyone. This is a make-it-up-as-you-go-along. The good news is, thanks to virtual technology, everyone in the NFL is discussing, cross-referencing, and deciding upon what is the right way to proceed.
What is the right way?
Six feet distance must be kept between all players and club staff when inside team facilities. Meeting rooms are limited to 20 persons unless space allows for six feet of separation. Position meetings will be largely unaffected, but team meetings and the larger gatherings will be held with virtual technology whenever possible. When not possible, technology will augment the meeting rooms to ensure safe distancing between everyone.
Portable lockers have been added to the team’s media room to ensure 5ix feet distance can be maintained at all times. Air handling systems have been upgraded to purify the air constantly and separately in each room. Water and soap dispensers have employed hands-free technology, and waste receptacles are foot-operated. Whenever possible, automative door openers have been installed. Where not possible, hand sanitizer stations have been placed strategically next to manual doors. And the team has signage emphasizing M.E.S.H. – an acronym it developed which standards for Mask, Education, Social distance and Hygiene – knowing that COVID-19 will be around for the foreseeable future. Even masks must be supplied in sufficient quantities that all masks can be rotated daily for three days.
Will it be enough? With luck and vigilance, hopefully, it will be. Training camp is upon us. Make ready.