The NFL has ordered each and every team to cease all of their in-person activities on 30th November and 1st December following the sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in the USA.
NFL shuts down all team activities for two days following COVID spike in the country
The NFL has been very austere in its approach of dealing with the pandemic and has implemented numerous protocols and guidelines for the players and coaching personnel of all teams for the 2020 season.
Last week, the league even decided to step up the regulations, by making its “intensive protocols” mandatory for the remainder of the 2020 season. Now, with the surge of COVID positive cases in the country, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced to halt all team activities on Monday and Tuesday.
The announcement was made public via a memo from Roger Goodell which was reported on Twitter by Tom Pelissero NFL Network on the eve of Friday.
“All activities must be conducted virtually [on Monday and Tuesday], with the exception of essential medical treatment and rehabilitation under the supervision of a team physician or athletic trainer,” the commissioner’s memo read.
“Medical staff and players must continue to comply with the rules outlined in the intensive protocol. Further, players and staff should be reminded that gatherings of any sort outside of the facility are prohibited,” the memo added.
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. pic.twitter.com/ObytXZz5Sg
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 28, 2020
Furthermore, the memo stated that all training sessions on those 2 days will not be taking place and any team meeting is to be held virtually.
However, the regulation is under the condition that any player or coaching staff who can possibly contract COVID on Thanksgiving holiday celebrations won’t be infections until Monday.