NFL Steps Up COVID-19 Protocols Around Thanksgiving Holiday – Community News

NFL Steps Up COVID-19 Protocols Around Thanksgiving Holiday

As Thanksgiving approaches and the number of COVID-19 cases across the country rises again, the NFL issued a memo to its teams Tuesday night detailing changes to its COVID-19 protocols, including mandatory testing for all players and staff on Monday and Wednesday after the holidays and mandatory mask – wear for all players and staff in club facilities from November 25th to December 1st.

The memo, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN, also sets new requirements for surveillance cameras in team facilities for the purpose of enforcing COVID-19 protocols. The memo states that the league has “occasionally reviewed CCTV footage in club facilities to ensure compliance with protocol. Disciplinary action has been taken against individual players and clubs where appropriate.”

Beginning Nov. 29, all NFL teams must have video cameras installed in their weight rooms and cafeterias, including weight rooms that are outdoors or in practice bubbles. Teams must keep videos from those cameras for 30 days in case the league asks to watch them to find out if people are adhering to mask requirements at team facilities.

The memo seems particularly concerned about Thanksgiving. It says NFL teams are “highly encouraged to offer drive-through testing” to friends and family of staff and players who stay with them or visit during the holidays. “Such tests must be carried out before friends and family communicate with players and staff.”

All Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be tested on Mesa on Monday, November 29 and Wednesday, December 1. Current protocols require unvaccinated players to be tested every day and wait for their test results to come back negative before being allowed to enter the building, while vaccinated players and staff are tested once a week and not have to wait for their results before entering. be allowed to. For the week after Thanksgiving, vaccinated individuals are tested on Monday and Wednesday.

The memo also provides reminders of how testing procedures are expected to be conducted and of the mask-wearing requirements for all members of the team traveling on buses or planes.