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NFL issues guidelines on protocols for players’ return to facilities

A look at how NFL teams will make facilities safe for their players’ return.

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The NFL is slowly getting things back to normal, and now they have a plan for getting players back to team facilities amid the coronavirus outbreak.

On Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo issuing protocols to clubs for their players’ return to team facilities, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Here are some of the notable points to know from the memo:

  • Each team will be required to certify they’ve met the guidelines and submit a copy of their infections disease plan.
  • All players and staff must wear masks at all times in the facility unless a mask cannot be worn due to interference with athletic activities.
  • Teams must restrict areas used by players and staffs, including practice and stadium playing fields and sidelines, locker rooms, athletic training rooms and medical exam areas, player meal and meeting rooms, player lounge areas, and weight rooms.
  • Teams must establish protocols to allow players and staff to maintain six feet of distance from one another when at the facility, including the locker room.
  • Strength and conditioning workouts must be limited to no more than groups of 15 players.
  • Team meetings must be conducted virtually when possible, and if in-person meetings are required, teams should try to hold them outdoors with proper social distancing.

You can go here to read the entire memo.