Many Browns employees return to work June 1, organization announces


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Not long after quarterback Baker Mayfield spoke of getting back to basics, some Browns employees are returning to the the office starting June 1, the organization announced today.

With COVID-19 throwing so many unknowns into the Browns’ upcoming season, the organization said the return to its Cleveland and Berea facilities is the start of Phase 1, and that many new safety measures are in place — including that some employees will still work from home.

Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Dave Jenkins said in a statement that the safety and well-being of Browns employees is the organization’s No. 1 priority.

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Read the entirety of Jenkins’ statement below:

“Following the league’s instruction that team facilities could reopen on May 19, pending government approval and adherence to NFL regulations, we targeted June 1 as the start date for Phase 1 of our employee return to Berea and FirstEnergy Stadium. Since early March, we have worked closely with medical experts at University Hospitals to discuss COVID-19 and implement best practices and comprehensive hygiene protocols at both facilities that emphasize the health and well-being of our employees, their families and the entire community.

“During the past two weeks, we thoroughly reviewed all of the parameters and recommendations in place to ensure the responsible and safe reopening of our facilities. As planned, they will reopen to a limited number of employees beginning on Monday. We are proud of our entire staff’s collective efforts and productivity while working from home, and our return to the building marks an important step as we continue to diligently prepare for the 2020 season. In addition to adhering to all league and government guidelines, we will continue to evaluate COVID-19 developments with University Hospitals while creating safe environments for when additional Browns employees are permitted to return.”

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