The NFL has ordered team facilities to be closed to in-person activities early next week in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 among players and staffers.
A memo from commissioner Roger Goodell, tweeted Friday night by the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, says in-person meetings are prohibited on Monday and Tuesday and must be held virtually.
The NFL said it was taking the step because of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country and because it came to the league's attention that a "number of players and staffers celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests."
Teams playing on Monday and Tuesday are exempt from the order.
The Seattle Seahawks are visiting the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, and the twice-rescheduled Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game was moved to Tuesday.
The NFL informed clubs all in-person team activities will be prohibited this coming Monday and Tuesday — a mitigation measure in light of rising COVID-19 positivity rates across the country and many players and staff having guests for Thanksgiving. The ban doesn’t include games. pic.twitter.com/ObytXZz5Sg
Players receiving medical treatment are also exempt.
The NFL Players Association asked players who had out-of-town guests to let their teams know so additional testing can be done.
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