The New York Giants started a slow, steady reopening of the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Wednesday in accordance with the protocols of the State of New Jersey and the NFL.
About 15-20 members of the organization returned. That number included general manager Dave Gettleman and members of his football administration staff, not coaches, as well as a small number of business, operations and medical staff. Team president John Mara was also in the office. Not all of them will be in the office on a daily basis.
The number of employees in the facility will continue to increase slowly over the course of the next couple weeks with more business people filtering in.
For the time being, those employees who can continue to work from home will do so.
"We have been working diligently over the last couple months to prepare for coming back to the facility, the Quest Diagnostics Training Center," said Ronnie Barnes, senior vice president of medical services and head athletic trainer. "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 Institute of Health, as well as the state's protocols."