Seamus Coleman has described the new regulations for the Everton squad as they returned to training on Wednesday.
Carlo Ancelotti and his players were allowed back at Finch Farm after a unanimous decision was made by all 20 Premier League clubs to allow complexes to open up once more.
Players underwent small group sessions with no contact allowed in the first phase of this return to training, as preparations continue to be made for the potential return of matches in the coming weeks and months.
Reopening Finch Farm, however, meant a raft of new rules and regulations for the players and staff in attendance - and Everton's club captain has described how everyone was made to feel as safe as possible.
Coleman told evertontv : “It’s probably the longest I’ve been away from Finch Farm. Driving through [the gates] was a great feeling but it’s definitely a little bit different. “The club has taken all the precautions needed. We were in in small groups and it felt very safe. They told us that would be the case but when you got there, you could see the work that has been put in to make it as safe as possible. “It is serious, we have to do things properly. We are in there together and it is important we are living our lives right outside the place to make sure you do not endanger anyone.
“The ideal scenario is we get back playing Premier League football and to do that, as players, we need to make sure we are doing everything right. The club made sure of that by telling us the rules and regulations.
“We couldn’t wait to get on the training pitch and it was nice to see some of the lads again and get back out there training. It is up to us as players now to stick to the rules at the club and do what is asked of us.
“There are measurements to tell us how far to stay apart and a one-way system around the building, so you are not crossing paths with people. “It feels as safe as it possibly can and, hopefully, we can move to phase two as quickly and safely as possible.”
For the sessions themselves, Everton's players were split into small groups who were each allocated separate starting times - with the first group getting underway at 9am and the last wrapping up at 1pm. Coleman explained that training wasn't a taxing experience, but the tailored activities from the Blues coaches were extremely useful to help he and his teammates back into the swing of things.
“I was with Bainesy [Leighton Baines], Yerry [Mina] and Michael [Keane] and one of the other groups also had four defenders,” he added. “It wasn’t a very, very hard session, more easing us back in to make sure there were no injuries. There were passing drills and strides and dribbling circuits and we finished with playing out from the back.
“We had the manager, Davide [Ancelotti, assistant boss] and Duncan [Ferguson, assistant manager] for the football element. “You can still get the work in, it was a very good session and we were in and out as quickly as possible. It was enjoyable and I was happy to get a ball at my feet again.
“We all have to go back to work and we are happy to do that, but I am sure there are people with nerves as well.
“It’s such a strange time in the world, I don’t think anyone could have predicted something like this. Your first concern is your family.
“After that, the club has done everything so well and so professionally, so I was more than happy to come back to work and get back training and, hopefully, get back playing again.”