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New Jersey lifts restrictions for pro sports teams, opening door for Sixers, Flyers

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The Sixers will re-open their practice facility in Camden on Wednesday following the easing of restrictions for professional sports teams in the state of New Jersey, the team announced in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

“Following today’s announcement by Governor Murphy,” the team said in a statement, “The Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey will begin a phased reopening tomorrow for voluntary, individual workouts. Players and essential staff will adhere to strict safeguards in accordance with NBA guidelines.”

Governor Phil Murphy revealed Tuesday morning that the state of New Jersey would be lifting restrictions on professional sports teams within the state, clearing a path for both the Sixers and Flyers to return to practice.

“Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition,” Murphy said, “If their leagues choose to move in that direction. We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel.”

The Sixers and Flyers, who practice in Camden and Voorhees respectively, now both have official clearance to get back to work, though as with any other business there are restrictions that will be in place until further notice. In addition to a requirement of using masks, “When entering or leaving the Club facility and while inside the Club facility where social distancing cannot be maintained.”

In areas where PPE masks are required by local health regulations during exercise, the NHL says teams can inquire about seeking an exemption in order to practice or contact the NHL to evaluate alternative options for their team.

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