Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, is known for not keeping his thoughts to himself and criticizing sanitation protocols to prevent COVID-19 infections in the NFL.
“I wonder what they are based on. I think there are some double standards, since you can greet anyone after games, but you can’t eat at the same table as your teammates, “said the veteran, during the Pat McAfee program.
“You can go down to practice, tackle and be in close contact, but there must be social distancing, with plastics in the lockers, between each of us in the locker room,” he added.
The NFL has increased sanitary measures in the middle of the 2020 season, atypical due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and that has forced several teams to play their matches without fans in the stands. The League has also fined large amounts of money to those who do not comply with the protocols.
For Rodgers, indications of social distancing can harm the environment within teams. “There are tables for one person in the dining room. There are plastic curtains, or whatever, between our lockers. It definitely creates tension in that conversation and camaraderie in the locker room, ”he continued.
“Obviously, the officials say it is necessary to complete the season … although I think there are many questions: Are we doing everything based on science and is all this necessary?”
The Vikings will play the rest of the games at home without fans
On the other hand, the Minnesota Vikings have given up trying to have more public in their games and indicated yesterday that the team will not allow the entry of fans for home games. This is because the State beat the record for deaths from coronavirus in a single day.
In a statement, the Vikings said that while players, coaches and staff miss the energy and passion of the home crowd, the club will not seek approval of having more than 250 fans for the remaining games at US Bank Stadium. The current guidelines of the State Health authorities limit the capacity to 250 people.
“Although we have worked hard to develop a safe and responsible plan to have a limited number of fans, we have made decisions considering the guidelines of the Health authorities as a priority,” said the team. “We take the increase in COVID-19 infection cases in Minnesota and the increase in hospitalization very seriously, so we believe that not allowing fan access for the last four games at home is the right decision to protect our community”.
Start the activity
Amid the uncertainty due to the possible cut to the regular season due to the cornoavirus pandemic, the action of Week 10 of the NFL gets underway tonight with the meeting between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans, which is scheduled at 7:20 p.m., Central Mexico time, and will be set at the Nissan Stadium.