NFL Tightens Covid Restrictions

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The NFL will pull through the pandemic, with hopefully little to no more COVID cases.

M. Toppin, Staff Writer

The NFL has announced that they will tighten mask requirements and COVID-19 restrictions after they have had several cases within the past few weeks.

According to NFL reporter, Tom Pelissero , a memo has been sent to all 32 teams from the league’s chief medical officer, Dr. Sills, that all players are to wear masks when “not actively engaged with the game.”

That will include being in the locker room and on the sideline.

While on a conference call with reporters Sills states, “What we are trying to convey and say is that masks can prevent you from becoming a high-risk contact. This is our goal. So it’s in [everyone’s] best interest to wear a mask for their protection and to reduce their exposure… We believe that mask use, whether it’s in the locker room or on the sideline, it just reduces your chance of becoming a high-risk contact should someone turn positive.”

The NFL is expanding the team bench area and will now span 60 yards along the sideline, from one 20-yard line to the other.

ESPN reported on Tuesday that Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon and Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey have gotten confirmed positive tests. The league determined that two Packers players had “high-risk” close contact with Dillon, and at least six from the Ravens had close contact with Humphrey. As a result, they have had to isolate themselves from the team for five days.

With 7 weeks left of the regular NFL season, we are hoping that the tightened restrictions will withstand COVID-19 and there won’t be any more sudden outbreaks.