Mizzou Athletics to follow new COVID-19 safety protocols for 2020 season

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 12:52:18-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The routine for Mizzou athletes and athletic staff will look a lot different this season.

On Friday, the Southeastern Conference released new protocols that Mizzou will have to follow for the upcoming season.

Some of them will include testing requirements, procedures for infections and contact tracing, and protocols for quarantine and isolation.

Mizzou will work with a third-party provider and will use the Polymerase chain reaction as its standard testing method, according to a release by the league.

Athletes and staff participating in football, soccer and volleyball activities will be tested twice a week during competition and six days and three days prior to competition.

Cross country athletes will be tested at least once a week during a competition, which will take place three days prior to competition.

Masks will be required for athletes and staff involved in football, soccer and volleyball on sidelines and social distancing will be in place as much as possible.

Cross country athletes will also wear masks at the starting line and may remove their masks after proper distancing is made.

Staff will have to wear masks and social distance as much as possible before and after sporting events.

The SEC said each university is, “responsible for education and ensuring compliance with the SEC's COVID-19 management requirements."

An additional pre-season report from the SEC's Task Force will be provided to teams by Aug. 31.

A full description of the new guidelines can be found one the SEC website.