Premier League clubs have agreed to stage one of the return to training protocols which would allow teams to start training in small groups from Tuesday.
Players at a number of top-flight clubs are already back training individually, but they will now be allowed to work together in groups of five as long as social distancing rules are followed.
Premier League officials needed at least 14 positive votes to press ahead with phase one of the return to training, in which all contact between players is banned.
And during a video conference call involving all 20 clubs on Monday morning, it was agreed that it was safe for players to return to action amid the coronavirus crisis.
A number of clubs will test players and staff for the disease on Monday with a view to returning to training on either Wednesday or Thursday.
Clubs have told their players their results should be available 24 hours after their tests.
A return to training was discussed by clubs, managers, players and officials from the Professional Footballers’ Association and League Managers’ Association last week.
Every player who returns to training will need to provide written confirmation that they have received and agree to their club’s Covid-19 operational policy.
Each club must also appoint a dedicated ‘Covid-19 officer’ who is not a member of their medical staff to oversee player and staff safety during the return to training and when the campaign restarts.
The Premier League hope to resume games in the second half of June, although they are willing to extend the season until the end of August in order to complete it.
Although the majority of players are expected back this week, some managers are likely to be without stars who have concerns about returning to contact training, or who live with family members who are vulnerable to coronavirus.