NFL Updates COVID-19 Protocols Ahead of Thanksgiving
The NFL requires players and staff to wear masks inside team facilities regardless of their vaccination status for a week beginning on Thanksgiving, and they must be tested twice for COVID-19 after the holiday.
League protocols have been updated as a result of increased rates of COVID-19 across the country. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger have both missed a game in consecutive weeks due to COVID-19.
“This upward trend, along with the onset of cold weather pushing personnel indoors, has led to an increased risk of infection among players and staff,” the association said in a note sent to teams Tuesday and obtained by The Associated Press. “Our experts and our data confirm that vaccination remains our strongest defense against infection and transmission of the virus within the club’s facilities.”
There will be no need for additional concealment outdoors or in a training bubble. The test will take place on Monday 29 November and Wednesday 1 December.
Also, the league encourages teams to offer in-vehicle COVID-19 testing to friends, players’ family, and staff if they are visiting or staying with them on Thanksgiving. Testing must be conducted before friends and family interact with players and staff, and must be arranged at separate times from when players and staff are tested.
Teams were reminded to strictly enforce protocols in their facilities. The NFL is offering to send in league staff to help enforce protocols at club facilities.
Last week, the NFL fined the Packers $300,000 and issued a $14,650 fine to Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard for violating league and players’ union protocols.
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