The National Football League is taking a major step to attempt to combat the possible spread of COVID-19 following this weekend's games.
Friday night, the league announced that all facilities must be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Each NFL team will have to work remotely for a couple of days following this weekend's game schedule.
The NFL is hoping to combat the possible spread of the virus in the days after this week's slate of games. The league understands that some players probably spent time with family and friends over Thanksgiving.
“In response to the continuous increase in positivity rates throughout the country, as well as our understanding that a number of players and staff celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests, all in-person team activities on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1 will be prohibited,” Roger Goodell reportedly said, per Pro Football Talk.
The NFL will still hold games this weekend, though the Ravens vs. Steelers game has been pushed back.
“All activities must be conducted virtually [on Monday and Tuesday], with the exception of essential medical treatment and rehabilitation under the supervision of a team physician or athletic trainer,” Goodell further explained. “Medical staff and players must continue to comply with the rules outlined in the intensive protocol. Further, players and staff should be reminded that gatherings of any sort outside of the facility are prohibited.”
The NFL has had a mostly successful season in the middle of a pandemic, but things could get more difficult as temperatures cool and infection rates spike.