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NFL suspends all COVID-19 protocols due to ‘encouraging trends’

NFL suspends all COVID-19 protocols due to ‘encouraging trends’

Mar 04
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  • SportsWriters

On March 3, 2022, the NFL officially suspended all aspects of its COVID-19 protocols. The basis of that decision are the trends that show how the spread of the coronavirus is declining.

“Encouraging trends regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19, the evolving guidance from the CDC, changes to state law and the counsel of our respective experts,” said a memo the league sent to all 32 NFL teams.

The memo also stated that, regardless of the decision, teams are required to remain in compliance with state and local laws and are allowed to continue “reasonable measures to protect their staff and players.”

The suspension was taken in agreement with the NFL Players Association, but if the league finds reasons to reimpose any aspect of the protocols, it will do so accordingly.

Mandatory testing of players and staff was taken out regardless of vaccination status. Testing will only take place when it is clinically indicated or when suggested by a team of physicians. But every team is mandated to have a facility to accommodate anyone who reports symptoms that require testing.

Vaccination status also does not determine if players and staff should wear face masks at team facilities since it is no longer mandatory.

However, any individual who tests positive must isolate for five days after the test.

  • Statistics of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

    The CDC publishes official numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States. The CDC estimates that, between February 2020 and September 2021, only 1 in 1.3 COVID-19 deaths were attributed to COVID-19.