Dec 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

NFL adjusts COVID protocols amid increase in cases

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The National Football League announced Thursday that it would adjust its coronavirus protocols to "address the increase" in cases and in response to the Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The league's announcement comes on the heels of a massive outbreak with more than three dozen players placed on the league’s COVID-19 list, according to AP.

  • Effective immediately, all clubs will require the use of face masks, regardless of vaccination status, and eliminate in-person meals, per the release.
  • The league will also adjust the "return-to-participation" requirements for those who have recovered from the virus.

What they're saying: "Throughout the pandemic we have continuously evolved our protocols to meet our goal of advancing the safety of the players," the league said in a statement.

  • "We will continue to strongly encourage booster shots as the most effective protection," it continued.
  • "All of these changes are grounded in our data and science-backed approach."
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