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NFL Sets Protocols to Reopen Team Facilities

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The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has told the 32 teams to have them in place by May 15, according to a memo sent out by commissioner Roger Goodell that was obtained by the Associated Press.

The first phase would involve a limited number of non-player personnel, initially 50 percent of the non-player employees (up to a total of 75) on any single day, being approved to be at the facility. But state or local regulations could require a lower number. The individual clubs would decide which employees could return to the facility and when facilities reopen. No players would be permitted in the facility except to continue therapy and rehabilitation for injuries that were underway when facilities were ordered closed in late March.

The league is working with the NFL Players Association to finalize a second phase that would allow players to return. It is not yet clear whether they would be allowed to practice on the field.

Upon reopening facilities, teams must also, as outlined by Goodell:

• Receive consent from state and local governments.

• Acquire enough cleaning and other supplies.

• Create an infection-response team that includes doctors and team athletic trainers.

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s medical director, will speak with each team physician and the infection control officer to discuss implementation and medical aspects of the protocols.

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