The National Football League and NFL Player’s Association have agreed to suspend all COVID-19 protocols effective immediately.
The NFL issued a memo to all 32 teams suspending the need for masks, tracking devices, surveillance testing, and capacity limits unless required by state or local law.
The league is essentially back to its pre-pandemic protocols outside of testing and isolation for symptomatic individuals who test positive for COVID-19.
The NFL stated “encouraging trends regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19” and one of the reasons for the changes, as well as “the evolving guidance from the CDC.”
Positive COVID-19 tests will still require a minimum five-day isolation period.
Testing however will likely be limited to symptomatic players, which is likely reduce the number of positive tests.
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