The NFL is stopping all in-person activities early next week. The organization’s ordering all team facilities to stop Monday and Tuesday to try and slow the spread of COVID-19 among players and staff.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is issuing a memo regarding the league’s efforts to continue combatting the coronavirus. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero shared a copy of the memo in a tweet.
Pelissero writes, “The NFL informed clubs all in-person team activities will be prohibited this coming Monday and Tuesday — a mitigation measure in light of rising COVID-19, positivity rates across the country, and many players and staff having guests for Thanksgiving. The ban doesn’t include games.”
It says that in-person meetings are prohibited at the beginning of next week, meaning all meetings must be held virtually. The note also states that Goodell and the league know that some players and staff had Thanksgiving celebrations with “out-of-town guests”. This could have led to an increase in the risk of exposure.
The NFL Players Association is also asking players that had out-of-town guests to let their teams know. They will conduct further testing.
However, teams that are playing on Monday and Tuesday are exempt from the order. Additionally, players that are receiving medical treatment can continue to do so.
NFL Will Continue to Test Players
Pelissero also shares this in a thread of the original tweet. He mentions that teams are continuing to test players everyday.
“Based on the incubation period, keeping facilities closed those days could catch many new infections from the holiday.”
Most teams don’t practice Mondays or Tuesdays, so players aren’t in the building as much anyway. Everyone is still tested every day. Based on the incubation period, keeping facilities closed those days could catch many new infections from the holiday.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 28, 2020
There is a game that is exempt from this mandate. The Seattle Seahawks versus the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night will continue as originally planned. In addition, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers game will stay on the schedule and kick off Tuesday night. This game’s been rescheduled twice now because of the coronavirus.