NFL orders shutdown of team facilities Monday and Tuesday to slow spread of COVID-19

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.

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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