NFL groups received’t be allowed to create native bubbles in the course of the postseason by mandating that gamers keep in a resort, aside from the evening earlier than a recreation.
Clubs could not require gamers and workers to remain at a resort of their native space, reads a league memo obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. This resolution is predicated upon an evaluation of the frequency of constructive circumstances within the league in comparison with the chance of great unfold amongst gamers and workers gathered for an intensive time frame at one resort.
Teams shall be allowed to proceed paying for gamers who need to transfer right into a resort to keep away from the chance of catching COVID-19 from household or roommates all through the postseason, in line with the memo.
When groups keep in motels earlier than video games, gamers and workers now shall be required to put on a tracing gadget till they return to their rooms for the evening whether or not staying at dwelling or on the street.
The NFL additionally reminded groups that gathering socially at group motels stays prohibited, whereas necessities to put on masks and bodily distance from one another are nonetheless in impact.
In the postseason, groups shall be reimbursed for utilizing two planes to journey to street video games. The limits on how many individuals can journey stay unchanged, and the NFL reminded groups to assign seats strategically to cut back dangers of spreading the virus.
The NFL and NFL Players Association additionally agreed to replace COVID-19 protocols including a brand new take a look at, clearing folks to work recreation days, extending the time for folks testing constructive however asymptomatic to return, and increasing testing to gamers household and their service suppliers, in line with the memo.
Anyone testing constructive however exhibiting no signs is not going to be allowed to return till after 10 days cross from the day the constructive take a look at was collected, with the group physician notifying Dr. Allen Sills, the NFLs chief medical officer. Previously, asymptomatic gamers or workers may return after two consecutive destructive PCR assessments.
Anyone testing constructive beneath the brand new Mesa Accula Rapid PCR take a look at should be examined once more and positioned on the Reserve/COVID-19 record that day fairly than ready a day for the opposite take a look at outcome. This new take a look at additionally shall be used to clear shut contacts the day earlier than video games and on recreation day.
Starting this week, anybody clearing testing on recreation day will be capable to participate on recreation days.
But anybody testing constructive first should clear isolation earlier than having the ability to play. That participant cant journey with the group or keep on the group resort the evening earlier than a recreation. Someone counted as a high-risk shut contact can play if recreation day is the primary day trip of the five-day isolation interval.
Newly acquired gamers can play if their sixth day of entry testing falls on recreation day but additionally cant journey or work together with the group till that day.
Even as an infection charges decreased throughout the league over the past two weeks, we proceed to see group publicity as the first technique of an infection for membership personnel, the memo reads.
That’s why groups are strongly inspired to rearrange testing instantly no less than twice every week for gamers household or roommates and folks employed by gamers equivalent to barbers, private cooks, chiropractors, masseuses and stretching assistants.
AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report.
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