'We'll do it the right way': Donning a mask and gloves, Jerry Jones, limited group of employees return to Cowboys' offices

'We'll do it the right way': Donning a mask and gloves, Jerry Jones, limited group of employees return to Cowboys' offices

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With a mask attached tightly to his face and a pair of blue gloves on his hands, Jerry Jones opened the door to the Cowboys executive offices around 9 o'clock Tuesday morning.

The Star is once again open in Frisco.

Tuesday was the first day NFL commissioner Roger Goodell allowed club employees around the league to return to facilities in accordance with state and local guidelines for COVID-19. The Cowboys were one of seven organizations at the front of the line.

Houston, Atlanta, Arizona, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Kansas City were the others.

Members of the Jones family - Jerry along with Stephen and Jerry Jr. - were back in the office along with a limited group of other employees. Consider it a soft opening. A larger wave of employees will report to The Star next Tuesday after the Memorial Day holiday.

No coaches or players, other than those undergoing rehab, can return to the facility until all 32 teams are cleared by local and state guidelines. Dr. Allen Sills, the league's chief medical officer, said in a conference call Tuesday that there's no date targeted at this point.

Jones, who took part in the league's virtual owner's meetings from the Cowboys offices, took the symbolism of the day seriously.

A one-minute video of the owner's return was posted on the team's website. Jones called it a big day for the NFL and "for building confidence." Jones talked of welcoming his employees back in the coming weeks, assured everyone the club would follow safety standards and spoke of how this return would be "deliberate and determined."

Everyone who returned Tuesday was required to wear a mask in open spaces but not if they were alone in their office with a door that can be closed.

"We'll do it the right way," Jones said.

His comments came from a desk that featured a bottle of hand sanitizer to his left.

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