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The NFL-NFPA agreement takes effect immediately, the NFL Network reports, citing a league office memo. This means that there will no longer be any requirements for masks, COVID tracking devices, surveillance testing or capacity limitations unless provided by the state in which the teams are located.
“Based on current encouraging trends regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19, evolving CDC guidelines, changes in state law and the advice of our respective experts, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to suspend all aspects of COVID-19 joint activities. 19 protocols, ”the note reads.
“We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of players, coaches and staff, as throughout the pandemic.”
The NFL was the first of North America’s major sports leagues to complete a full season in 2020, when much of the country had to postpone seasons due to a coronavirus pandemic.
In the midst of the league pandemic had to postpone some games to Tuesday, and at one point the entire defenders room was destroyed due to violations in the COVID league. The advent of the omicron option in late 2021 has also forced the NFL to tighten its rules again over the past few weeks of the year.