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NFL may require fans to sign COVID-19 waiver to enter stadiums

Are you willing to sign a waiver to attend NFL games this season?

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If fans are allowed into NFL stadiums this season, they may have to sign a waiver before attending games.

According to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, the NFL is considering a plan that would require fans to sign waivers before entering stadiums, if fans are even allowed in stadiums. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has surged across America in recent weeks.

Here is an excerpt from the report:

The NFL is considering requiring fans attending games this season to sign liability waivers shielding the teams from COVID-19 lawsuits, sources said. The waiver proposal is likely to be forwarded to clubs by the middle of next week as part of a broad range of league recommended best practices for re-opening stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is probably something you do electronically, just trying to figure out the operational challenges associated with waivers,” said one source familiar with plans under development by the stadium reopening working group headed by NFL Sr. VP of Security Cathy Lanier. “Just have to work out how best to do that.”

The NFL obviously doesn’t want to be bit with a bunch of COVID-19 lawsuits if fans are attending games, which is why this waiver is even being considered. It’s not final yet, but given how the virus is spreading right now, we probably should expect to see some type of waiver that needs signed by fans if they want to attend games in 2020.

If this comes to pass, are you willing to sign a waiver to attend NFL games this season?