LINCOLN — The Nebraska School Activities Association has released a Q&A on how schools can safely reopen weight rooms and gyms for strength and conditioning work only starting June 1.
“The NSAA is starting with the weight room and conditioning to start acclimating students back into our sports and activities, at this time, all other school sponsored sports and activities are prohibited,’’ NSAA Executive Director Jay Bellar wrote. “Prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff must remain the focus of each NSAA member school. We very much want to have a fall season, and we need to do everything in our power to make it happen. Your assistance is not only appreciated, it is monumental in making it happen.”
Bellar said these have been frequently asked questions:
Q. Are the use of gymnasiums allowed?
A. Yes, no more than 10 athletes at a time, and they must keep the 6 feet social distancing at all times.
Q. Can outdoor spaces be used for conditioning?
A. Yes, one group of ten or less students can utilize outdoor spaces for conditioning. Only 1 group can be outside at any given time.
Q. Can we have a group outside conditioning and in the gym at the same time?
A. Yes, limit of 10 in each group, keep social distance, and they cannot intermingle/change groups.
Q. Can we have one group of 10 lifting and another group of 10 in the gym conditioning?
A. Yes, as long as your gym and the weight room are not the same room.
Q. We have more than one weight room, can we use both of them?