All NFL teams must follow a series of strict protocols against COVID-19 starting this weekend and the remainder of the season
The National Football League (NFL) informed the 32 teams of the organization that they will be required to work under the maximum security protocol against COVID-19 starting this weekend and the rest of the season.
The NFL sent an internal memorandum to all teams in which it expresses the “gravity”Of contagion and the risk that the competition runs if all the health security controls that already exist before the start of the regular season are not applied to the maximum efficiency.
The intensive protocol requirements, which 28 of the league’s 32 teams have already experienced at some point, include meeting virtual teams and the use of face masks by all players and staff at all times while on the premises.
“It has been said many times that our 2020 season cannot be ‘normal’ because nothing this year is normal,” wrote the NFL commissioner, Roger goodell, in the statement.
He adds that “the flexibility and adaptability have been critical to our success to date and we must continue with that approach“.
He also noted that the league made the decision to impose the intensive protocols due to the recent greater spread of COVID-19 across the country, as well as the data it has been collecting throughout the year on close contacts.
All players and staff this year are required to wear contact tracing devices while on the premises and traveling so the league and union can quickly identify the close contacts of a person who tests positive.
The league says that since Week 5, the teams that have been in the maximum security protocols have seen a reduction of more than 50 percent in close contacts, in the possibilities of propagation and it makes tracking easier and more efficient.
Teams have been instructed to enter the intensive protocols when someone in their building has tested positive or when they have recently played a team that tested positive for someone.
The league statement says 28 teams have already been in the intensive protocols at least once this year and 16 have been in them at least twice.
The text indicates that the details of the intensive protocols include the following sections:
A requirement that all meetings be held virtually or in as much indoor space as possible, provided that such space has been inspected and approved by the NFL and the NFLPATake-out service in team cafeterias There will be limited time in the locker rooms: less than 15 minutes per person per session, with sessions scheduled to minimize the number of people in the locker room at one time Masks or masks will be worn helmet face shields Oakley league-approved at all times in every part of the facility, including training ground. There will be “Double PPE”During medical treatment for the patient and the provider, that is, a player receiving treatment for an injury must wear both a mask and a face shield during that treatment, as should the treating doctor or coach. there is a limit of 10 players and five coaches at any time in the weight roomregardless of the size of the room.
The statement adds that “as the season progresses, more steps will likely be necessary to address broader conditions.”
In addition, it says that, “together with our medical advisers and the NFLPA, we will continue to incorporate our experience and implement improvements to the protocols and communicate with each of you on a regular basis.”
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