The Boston Celtics practice facility will reopen Monday in a limited capacity. Elise Amendola/Associated Press

The Boston Celtics announced Friday that they will begin allowing voluntary individual workouts on Monday.

In a statement, the team said it is “working in close consultation with public health authorities and infectious disease experts, and operating within requirements and guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City of Boston, and the NBA” in making its decision.

Lucky the Leprechaun, the Celtics team logo, peers out from between championship banners hanging in the practice facility in Boston. Elise Amendola/Associated Press

“We’re happy that our players will now have the option to work out individually in a safe environment at the Auerbach Center, and we hope it signals a step back towards playing basketball again,” Danny Ainge said in the statement.

Per the team, the workout protocols include the following.

• Workouts are voluntary and will be conducted in strict accordance with city, state, CDC, and NBA requirements and guidelines.

• Symptom and temperature checks will be done by team medical staff before anyone enters the facility.

• Workouts will be limited to individual shooting, strength and conditioning work, and medical evaluation and therapy as needed.

• Only essential areas will be accessed. There will be no access to locker rooms, showers, hydrotherapy, medical exam rooms, cafeteria, and offices.

• Only four players will be able to work out at a time, each working with only one staff member at a time. There will be no more than one player per half court at a time.

• All staff members will wear masks in the building, and any staff member working with a player must wear gloves. Players will wear masks except while engaging in physical activity.

• Players and staff will adhere to CDC and NBA compliant social distancing standards at all times.

• Social distancing will be required in the building except in limited specific instances (e.g. physical therapy), when PPE will be used.

• A thorough cleaning and disinfection of all spaces and equipment, including basketballs, will take place before and after each player uses the building.

• Only staff members essential to these workouts will be present at the Auerbach Center. There will be no access for general staff, public, or media.

NBA teams have slowly begun resuming basketball activities in their practice facilities. The NBA still hasn’t announced a formal plan to return to action, but momentum has been building to a return at some point in July. The format of an NBA return hasn’t been determined either, but that could come within a week. It’s likely that however the league returns, it will be done in a so-called “bubble” at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced earlier in the day that all Boston sports teams could fully reopen their practice facilities on June 6.

“We’ve also had very positive conversations with our sports teams, the Celtics, the Bruins, the Patriots, the Red Sox and the Revolution,” Baker said. “And this order will also allow professional sports teams to begin practicing at their facilities in compliance with the health and safety rules that all the leagues are developing.”

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