The National Football League and its players’ association have agreed to scrap the league’s COVID-19 protocol, according to an internal memo obtained by CBS News on Thursday. Effectively, players will no longer have to follow the rules imposed at the onset of epidemics, making the NFL one of the first major sports leagues to abandon its COVID-19 protocol.
The memo sent to all NFL teams and staff cited “encouraging trends regarding the spread and severity of COVID-19, emerging guidance from the CDC, changes in state law, and the advice of our relevant experts.” Is. .
Teams still need to comply with existing restrictions in their state, but the league has said it will no longer enforce key provisions of its COVID-19 protocol, including testing, wearing masks, COVID-19 indicators, isolation. And room space limits. The move comes as states across the United States are seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions.
Positive test players will still need to notify their teams but will only have to be isolated for the five days recommended by the CDC. Teams will still need to keep space for 10 “Mesa Docs” at their club’s facilities, where players can go to report symptoms and take the COVID-19 test if needed.
“We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of the players, coaches and staff, as we have the whole epidemic,” the NFL Management Council said in a memo obtained by CBS News. “If there is a reason to re-implement aspects of the protocol or take other steps, we will work with the clubs, the NFLPA and its relevant experts, and local, state and federal public health officials to ensure that the NFL’s health Security can be maintained. “
Both the 2020 and 2021 NFL seasons were without a single canceled game due to COVID-19, but many. During the spread of the Omicron variety several months ago, NFL officials insisted on focusing on the guidance of the CDC and other health professionals because there was a reason behind the change in schedule.