NFL & Player’s Union Suspend COVID-19 Protocols

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The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to suspend all COVID-19 protocols
across the league, effective immediately.

The mandatory testing is now over, and players will no longer have to wear
tracking devices.

In a memo sent to all 32 teams, the NFL said, “Based on current
encouraging trends regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19, the
evolving guidance from the CDC, changes to state law and the council of our
respective experts, the NFL and the NFLPA have agreed to suspend all aspects of
the joint COVID-19 protocols effective immediately we will continue to
prioritize the health and safety of our players coaches and staff that we had
throughout the pandemic.

There was signs toward the end of last season that these protocols could be coming to an end soon. The NFL got rid of protocols like asymptomatic players and personnel testing, contact tracing devices beng mandatory, and the distance restrictions in weight rooms and cafeterias as cases of COVID-19 went down.

The memo continued, “Should there be a reason to reimpose aspects of the protocols or to take other measures, we will work closely with clubs, the NFLPA and our respective experts, and local, state and federal public health officials to continue to safeguard the health of the NFL community.”

ESPN has more here.