NFL adjusts COVID protocols amid increase in cases
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.
- 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."