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NFL Drops All COVID Restrictions

NFL Drops All COVID Restrictions

The NFL will be one of the first major sports leagues to take such a step as a result of the deal.

According to a memo sent to all NFL teams and staff and obtained by CBS News, the decision is based on “encouraging trends regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19, evolving guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, changes to state law, and the advice of our respective experts.”

The NFL has said that it would no longer impose testing, mask usage, COVID-19 signs, isolation, or room capacity limitations in its stadiums and arenas.

Players who test positive will still be forced to tell their teams, but they will only be required to isolate for the five-day period suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to CBS News, teams must still maintain a location in their facilities where players may go if they have symptoms and need a COVID-19 test.

The NFL’s decision to suspend COVID-19 standards comes at a time when COVID cases and hospitalizations are on the decrease.

“Should there be a cause to reimpose portions of the procedures or to take additional actions, we will work closely with clubs, the NFLPA and our respective experts, as well as local, state, and federal public health agencies, to continue to ensure the health of the NFL,” the NFL letter added.

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