The NFL had implemented a number of COVID-19 protocols for the 2020 season for all players, coaches, and staff for the teams and with the rising number of cases, the league has just taken the protocols up a notch for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Amid the pandemic that has effectively shown its impact across all sports activities this year around the world, the NFL brought several COVID-19 protocols to the table before the season kicked off in September.
NFL makes its “intensive protocols” mandatory for the remainder of the 2020 season
Now, with a massive hike of COVID cases in the US, the league has made its “intensive protocols”, which was previously applied temporarily and case-by-case basis, mandatory for all 32 teams for the rest of the ongoing season, and will be put to effect from this Saturday as Week 11 takes place.
The NFL’s intensive protocol includes the following measures, which all teams will now have to follow by default:
- All team meetings are to be held either virtually or in the largest indoor space available, as per approval from both the NFL and the NFLPA.
- Each player now can only spend a maximum of 15 minutes in the locker room per session, to reduce the number of people that can gather in the locker room at a time.
- Proper masks or the NFL-approved Oakley helmet face shields are now mandatory, all the place, all the time, even during training.
- A maximum of 10 players and 5 coaches will be allowed inside the weight room at a time, the size of the weight room doesn’t matter.
- There will be a ‘grab-and-go’ meal service in the cafeterias of all teams.
- A player receiving treatment for an injury and the doctor or trainer performing the treatment, both must wear “double PPE” during the procedure, as well as both mask and face shield at the same time.
The decision was made public via an official memo from the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“It has been said many times that our 2020 season cannot be ‘normal’ because nothing about this year is normal. Flexibility and adaptability have been critical to our success to date and we must continue with that approach,” the memo from Goodell read.
“As we continue through the season, it will likely be necessary to take further steps to address broader conditions. In conjunction with our medical advisors and the NFLPA, we will continue to incorporate our experience and implement enhancements to the protocols and communicate with each of you on a regular basis,” the commissioner’s memo further added.