NFL will soon close team facilities in response to coronavirus

All NFL facilities will soon be closed to personnel – with a few limited exceptions – in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Commissioner Roger Goodell released a memo to clubs on Tuesday outlining the new rules to ensure that the league “continues to behave responsibly” and that teams “operate on a level playing field.”

In the one-page memo from The Times, Goodell said the guidelines take effect at 6 p.m. Wednesday local time, and that the competition in two weeks’ time will review the advice of medical experts and public health authorities to determine if it is safe and suitable for the reopening of the facilities.

The facilities are closed, except in the case of:

  • Employees (such as athletic trainers or physicians) who provide ongoing medical treatment to players.
  • Employees (such as the director of facilities, security personnel or independent contractors) required to maintain the physical security of the facility and its contents.
  • Employees (such as technology personnel) required to maintain the security and operational capabilities of the club’s IT network in order to work remotely by club football and business personnel.

Several general managers and other player staff executives recently told The Times that they were concerned that different rules would apply to different teams, depending on advice from national and local officials. They believed that this created unbalanced competition if, for example, a front office could meet its facility before design and another not.

“The challenges we face are not unique – many companies and individuals across the country face and address similar issues,” the memo said. “Ensure that the NFL is well positioned to address these operational challenges as we prepare to provide our fans and the country with an excellent 2020 NFL season.”

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