The majority of NFL teams have released statements about keeping their employees at home during the current Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak. The Cincinnati Bengals happen to be the latest franchise to announce that exact intention, per the team website:
In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff, the Bengals are asking employees to work from home during the week of March 16.
The Bengals have maintained ongoing contact with representatives of the medical community, government officials and the National Football League and will continue to monitor the situation as more information becomes available.
As of now, there hasn’t been any league-wide policy set in place for keeping team employees off of the road, but the NFL did announce they have essentially canceled all pro days and private visits for NFL Draft prospects. This may ultimately delay the draft, which is scheduled to begin on April 23rd, but no announcement has been made on that front as well.
For now, the Bengals and over 20 other teams will play it safe while the country tries to contain the disease.