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Houston Texans play the Detroit Lions in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. Photo: Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The NFL said it will prohibit all in-person team activities on Monday and Tuesday to help curb the spread of the coronavirus among teams.

Driving the news: The move comes "in response to the continuous increase in positivity rates throughout the country” and because “a number of players and staff celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a memo late on Friday, per the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

  • The ban will not apply to the teams that are playing on Monday or Tuesday.
  • The league has been forced to postpone a Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers matchup originally scheduled for primetime on Thanksgiving day twice due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

What they're saying: “As we look forward to playing the remainder of the Week 12 schedule, we know that our protocols are designed to prevent the spread of the virus when an individual tests positive,” Goodell wrote.

  • “Limiting interactions with a potentially COVID-positive teammate or colleague will assist in preventing contagion within the club," he added.
  • "All activities must be conducted virtually, with the exception of essential medical treatment and rehabilitation under the supervision of a team physician or athletic trainer."
  • "Further, players and staff should be reminded that gatherings of any sort outside the facility are prohibited."

The bottom line: "Most teams don’t practice Mondays or Tuesdays, so players aren’t in the building as much anyway. Everyone is still tested every day. Based on the incubation period, keeping facilities closed those days could catch many new infections from the holiday," Pelissero noted on Twitter.

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Florida requiring proof of residency to get coronavirus vaccine

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Florida's surgeon general issued new guidelines on Thursday requiring people seeking COVID-19 vaccines to provide proof of permanent or seasonal residency.

Driving the news: Of the more than 1 million people who have received the first dose of the vaccine in Florida as of Wednesday, over 39,000 reside out of state, per data from the Florida Department of Health. The number and reports of out-of-state recipients have caused concern over what many have described as "vaccine tourism."

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