The NFL He is finalizing all the details for a new start to the season. Less than a week from the Kick Off between the Texans and the Chiefs, the highest body of American football published a memorandum in which it updated the biosecurity measures for all franchises. Together with the national association of soccer league players, the NFL extended daily COVID-19 testing.
There is very little left before the activity returns in the American football stadiums, which may have a limited presence of the public. With this in mind, the leaders of the NFL and the NFLPA agreed on a new update to the league’s biosecurity protocol. The testing of players and franchise personnel will continue to be done on a daily basis until further notice.
This protocol rule will not be applied for match days, on which there will be no need to test for coronavirus. While there has yet to be an outbreak of the virus in the league, the NFL and the NFLPA believe it is convenient to extend the tests to avoid setbacks for this start, which had to be delayed for safety reasons. This seems like a smart move, especially considering that the activity will not take place in a bubble like the NBA.
Furthermore, the memorandum sent by the NFL recommends that franchises require the use of a chinstrap for anyone not on the field of play. This recommendation extends to coaches, referees and players who are on the sidelines of the courts. This measure will only be mandatory only in places where the use of a mask is required by state and local authorities.
Currently there are only two stadiums that must comply with this recommendation: Levis Stadium (San Francisco 49ers) and the US Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings). These two scenarios will be active on this first date of the NFL. On September 13, the Vikings will face their classic rival, the Green Bay Packers, while the 49ers will face off with the Cardinals.