The Detroit Lions announced on Friday that they will open up their team facility in Allen Park on Wednesday, June 10.
“The Detroit Lions plan to begin Phase 1 of our employee return-to-work protocol with a limited number of employees on Wednesday, June 10,” the Lions’ official statement read. “This applies to both Ford Field and the Allen Park training facility. Our staff across all departments have worked diligently while remote and we are appreciative of our hard-working employees. Several committees have been preparing for this phased approach to resume our operation to ensure employee safety is the priority. The NFL Off-Season Program for players remains in a virtual state and our coaching staff will continue to operate as we have over the past several weeks.”
The NFL announced this week that NFL coaches are permitted to return to team facilities starting this Friday (June 5), but, as the Lions’ statement reads, the team has decided to keep its coaches away from the setting and will continue to operate in a virtual setting. Players are still not permitted to enter any NFL facilities, unless they are going through rehabilitation.
With Phase 3 of the offseason scheduled to end on June 12 and most players still not allowed in the building, there wouldn’t be much to gain for coaches to return to the facility, as pointed out by the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett.
Some employees permitted to enter the Lions facility include personnel involved with football operations, administrative staff, equipment and medical staff, and nutritionists.