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Giants open team facilities for 15 to 20 people

Giants president and CEO John Mara watches training

Giants president and CEO John Mara watches training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Aug 2, 2018. Credit: Brad Penner

The Giants began what was described as “a slow, steady reopening” of their Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Wednesday, in keeping with protocols established by the NFL and the state of New Jersey.

That included the return to the facility of 15 to 20 people, including team president John Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman and members of the football administration, business, operations and medical staffs.

Coaches have not returned to the building yet. Coaches and players have been taking part in a virtual offseason program since April 21.

Not all the people who reported to the building on Wednesday will be there on a daily basis, but the number on site will increase gradually in coming weeks, mostly on the business side of the franchise.

"We have been working diligently over the last couple months to prepare for coming back to the facility, the Quest Diagnostics Training Center," Ronnie Barnes, the Giants' senior vice president of medical services and head athletic trainer, told the team's website. "The primary focus has been to return our employees safely. And so everything that we have been doing has been related to the safety of our employees and how we can get back to work as safely as possible.

"We're all happy to be back. We've been waiting for a long time. The Giants' Covid-19 Task Force has been working hard to make this facility as safe as possible. We've made a lot of changes; those are all for [employees'] safety and they're very important. We are following the CDC guidelines, the guidelines from the NFL and guidelines from the National Institutes of Health, as well as the state's protocols."

NFL training camps typically begin in late July. The NFL has not announced detailed plans for that phase of preparation for the 2020 season.

On Tuesday, the NFL instructed teams that hold camps outside their regular-season facilities that because of the Covid-19 pandemic they should plan to have camp at those facilities this summer.

That edict does not affect the Giants and Jets, who normally use their regular-season facilities for camp.

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