May 16, 2020 - Health

NFL facilities can reopen next week, with some restrictions

The NFL logo at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Photo: Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

NFL clubs can reopen next Tuesday so long as they abide by public health requirements previously outlined by the league, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday.

Driving the news: The NFL released its 2020 schedule last week and is operating as if it will have a full season, although some contingency plans are in place for delaying playoffs and the Super Bowl if necessary, Axios' Kendall Baker reports.

Where it stands: NFL facilities have been closed since March 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic. NFL facilities can reopen, with the blessing of their state government, if some phase one rules are followed:

  • Clubs can allow at most 50% of staff at once, with no more than 75 people present.
  • Coaching staff is not allowed to return to facilities, but other employees — including medical staff — can return based on the club's discretion.
  • Retail shops cannot yet reopen.
  • No players are permitted back in facilities unless they are undergoing medical treatment.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.

Minneapolis will ban police chokeholds following George Floyd's death

A memorial for George Floyd at the site of his death in Minneapolis. Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Minneapolis has agreed to ban the use of police chokeholds and will require nearby officers to act to stop them in the wake of George Floyd's death, AP reports.

Why it matters: The agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which has launched an investigation into Floyd's death while in police custody, will be enforceable in court.