San Jose Sharks can return to SAP Center, but how soon might they move back?

SAN JOSE, CA – JANUARY 26: Hockey fans head into the SAP Center before the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The door is open for the San Jose Sharks to play games at SAP Center again but it remains unclear when exactly the team will come home.

The Santa Clara County Department of Health on Monday announced that professional and collegiate sports, given that they closely follow mandatory directives, may resume in the county, potentially giving the Sharks an opportunity to return to San Jose in the near future.

The Sharks, the only currently active U.S.-based professional sports team that has not been allowed to play inside their own stadium or arena, have been away from San Jose since late December. But Santa Clara County counsel James R. Williams said Monday the Sharks can now play games at SAP Center, “if they’re adhering to the new directive.”

The mandatory directives include having no spectators at games ot practices at any time and face covering requirements for anyone who is not actively engaged in athletic activity.

Additionally, all athletes, coaches, staff, trainers, volunteers, and other individuals interacting with athletes must receive polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, testing on at least three non-consecutive days per week.

Also, when in the county, athletes must remain either at home or at facilities used for professional activities, except as necessary…

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