(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Soccer players in Spain will be allowed to resume individual training next week, putting the Spanish league on track to restart sometime in June. The Spanish government on Tuesday revealed a four-phase plan to get the country back to “a new normal” following the coronavirus outbreak, allowing all professional athletes to return to individual training on Monday, several weeks after sports events were halted in the hard-hit southern European nation.
The announcement came on the same day the French government banned all major sporting events until September, ending the country’s soccer season. In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said “basic” training for professional athletes will be permitted beginning Monday, at the start of the first phase of the plan aimed at easing the lockdown measures that have been in place since March 14.
Sánchez did not say when sports competitions are expected to resume, but La Liga had been contemplating a period of training of about a month before it could restart. The league has already sent clubs a detailed protocol with safety guidelines on how to return to practice. The protocol also has four stages, including a preparation phase that would be followed by individual practices, smaller group sessions and finally full squad sessions.