The NFL loosened its COVID-19 protocols over the weekend as the league was forced to postpone several games due to a surge in cases. memo Which was distributed to the teams on Saturday.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) said the league will participate in a “more targeted testing plan” for COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.
The NFL and the NFLPA jointly said, “The NFL and the NFLPA are engaged with our medical advisors to address the emergence of the new Omicron variant and to ensure that we keep everyone safe and spend the rest of the season responsibly.” Do it.” Statement.
“The intensive protocols implemented last week and the rescheduling of the three games were designed to prevent transmission of the virus and play this week’s games safely,” according to the statement. “After this weekend’s games, we have agreed to put in place a new set of protocols, which will include a more targeted testing plan, more flexibility for players to attend meetings virtually and for remaining a high-risk player. Includes opt-out. season.”
Under the league’s original COVID-19 rules, vaccination personnel and players had to be tested for the virus every week. The new rule, announced later this week, eliminates the requirement, allowing players and staff to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and tested less frequently.
Vaccinated players showing symptoms of the CCP virus will be immediately isolated and tested. Those who do not show symptoms will be subject to the NFL’s “targeted testing,” according to the memo.
For non-vaccinated players, there is no change in the NFL’s protocol. This means they will still have to be tested for COVID-19 every day.
“In many ways, O’Micron appears to be very different from the disease we first encountered in the spring of 2020,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the memo.
The move appears to have been made to sideline players while not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Last week, the league announced that three games between players and staff at the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns and Washington football teams were postponed related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alan Sills said several days ago, “We can’t implement 2020 solutions to the problems of 2021.” “We are often at the tip of the spear at noticing some of these changes before they appear in other elements of society because we have so many tools at our disposal.”
According to the memo, an agreement was reached between the NFL and the NFLPA that allowed players to opt out of the rest of the season. High-risk players have until Monday, 20 December, to make a decision not to play based on medical factors, meaning they will not be paid for the rest of the season.
Some team owners, including Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, appeared to support the latest directive.
“I think we’ll get to a point, maybe this week, that we’ll only test if you’re symptomatic, if you’ve been vaccinated,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan over the weekend. “That’s good. Get tested when you’re symptomatic and that’s it.”