NFL: New restrictions apply after increase in COVID-19 cases

December 16, 2021

In reaction to the increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in the competition, the NFL announced that there will be a reinforcement of its Coronavirus prevention protocols in order to maintain the stability that they had shown during these months.

During the first three months of the season, there were hardly any incidents of COVID-19, yet the NFL has been rocked by a wave of cases that includes more than a hundred positives from players this week alone.

The rally comes amid growing concern over the spread of the omicron variant. In its statement Thursday, the NFL said it has ordered teams to implement a series of new preventive measures in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

With immediate effect, all players, coaches and staff must permanently cover their faces, regardless of their vaccination status, and all team meetings must be held outdoors or at a sufficient distance.

Players will not be allowed to dine as a group or receive outside visitors during trips.

The league said it would “strongly encourage” players to receive booster shots, without imposing the measure on them.

“The changes we are making today are intended to address the increase in cases and the arrival of the omicron variant,” the NFL said.

In turn, the league advanced that it is modifying the return-to-game protocols for vaccinated players who test positive for covid-19 but are asymptomatic.

Under current regulations, a vaccinated player who tests positive must meet two negative tests, 24 hours apart, before returning to the courts.

The new protocol would allow for a faster return to play for vaccinated players who test negative.

“All of these changes are based on our data and a science-backed approach, with safety being our primary goal for the entire NFL community,” the league stated.



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