Team facilities can reopen Tuesday but remain closed to coaching staffs

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The NFL will allow teams that meet state and local regulations to reopen their training facilities and stadiums beginning Tuesday, but only for certain personnel.

The league ensured an equal playing field by specifically prohibiting coaching staffs from team facilities during the “Phase 1” reopening. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is among those who have said all facilities should open at the same time.

Some states remain under stay-at-home orders, while others have eased restrictions.

In a memo sent to team executives and General Managers on Friday that was obtained by PFT, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he expects coaching staffs to return to team facilities “in a relatively short time.”

Players could return as early as next month.

The criteria for the first phase of reopening include securing approval from state and local authorities, being in compliance with any additional public health requirements in the jurisdiction and implementing protocols developed by the league’s chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills.

Teams planning to reopen Tuesday must have Infection Control Officers employed by the team take a required training program Monday night.

Only 50 percent of a team’s staff is allowed in the facility at one time and no more than 75 people.

“No members of the coaching staff may return to the facility,” the memo reads. “This is important to ensure equity among all 32 clubs. Clubs may otherwise decide which employees may return to the facility, which may include members of the personnel, football operations or football administration staff, equipment staff, medical staff, and nutritionists. If the strength and conditioning coach is currently participating in player rehabilitation, he may continue that work in the facility. Otherwise, the strength and conditioning coach may not return until the rest of the coaching staff is allowed to return.”

Players still are prohibited from team facilities for now unless they are undergoing treatment or rehabilitation.

Teams unable to meet the league’s criteria for reopening Tuesday “may reopen their facilities on the earliest date thereafter on which they are able to meet the criteria.”

19 responses to “Team facilities can reopen Tuesday but remain closed to coaching staffs

  1. TRANSLATION: It’s a politically sensitive issue so this do this gradually so we are lock in step with Uncle Sam. Let’s avoid main stream media criticism with a complete reopening because it’s counter intuitive to the fear mongering.

  2. “Let’s avoid main stream media criticism with a complete reopening because it’s counter intuitive to the fear mongering.”
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    It is interesting how some people refer to saving lives as fear mongering. Unfortunately, some people think that their freedumb to get a haircut is more important than stopping the spread of a deadly disease.

  3. Some states remain under stay-at-home orders, while others have eased restrictions.
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    And the states that have eased restrictions aren’t seeing an increase in infections.

  4. It’s unfortunate teams like the Bucs that could really use the practice for obvious reasons, can’t practice because other states unwillingness to give their people a choice and take control of their own health. Basically a bunch of teams can’t practice because of a handful of teams. It’s unnerving. But sure, I guess we wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s sensitive little feelings. Is it fair? No. Life isn’t fair. If you want to put in that work then maybe those teams should come down to Florida, a place of liberty, sun, better looking women

  5. “And the states that have eased restrictions aren’t seeing an increase in infections.”
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    The incubation time for the virus is up to 14 days. No state has yet eased restrictions over that amount of time. Therefore, you have no idea whether the spread has increased or not.

  6. This is complete trash. If the superbowl favorite 49ers can’t open then nobody else should espcially the hot trash in the northwest

  7. I thought Georgia, who eased into opening first, was supposed to have 80% of their populous infected by now according to CNN. Guess that didn’t happen.

  8. Stupid state governments this idiot governors are doing this White House already want everybody to did get back to regular schedule It’s the stupid governours who wanna control everything

  9. 90,000 total US deaths by the end of this weekend. Ain’t going to be a normal NFL season, if at all.

  10. I wouldn’t go to a game if they offered free tickets. This will get worse before it gets better. Do your home work. The TV ratings will be tremendous which will be addressed by the owners because the big money smart people will stay home.

  11. Who to believe?…,who not to believe?….that is the question.

  12. cardinalsfan20 says:
    May 15, 2020 at 7:06 pm
    “And the states that have eased restrictions aren’t seeing an increase in infections.”
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    The incubation time for the virus is up to 14 days. No state has yet eased restrictions over that amount of time. Therefore, you have no idea whether the spread has increased or not.
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    Georgia reopened on April 24th. Colorado on April 27th. That’s 21 and 18 days respectively. According to you, I guess we do know.

  13. cardinalsfan20 says:
    May 15, 2020 at 7:06 pm
    “And the states that have eased restrictions aren’t seeing an increase in infections.”
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    The incubation time for the virus is up to 14 days. No state has yet eased restrictions over that amount of time. Therefore, you have no idea whether the spread has increased or not.
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    Not totally true. A couple of the mostly rural states have opened. And they can, and probably more of those can. But states are not all the same. There are still a bunch who cant. And in the NFLs case they have to play it as “everybody or nobody”. This is a complicated issue that applies in different ways in different areas. Those protesting either way have oversimplified the picture while are trying to push their one answer for all.

  14. maximusintoxicus says:
    May 15, 2020 at 8:08 pm
    I wouldn’t go to a game if they offered free tickets. This will get worse before it gets better. Do your home work. The TV ratings will be tremendous which will be addressed by the owners because the big money smart people will stay home.
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    I agree with you. Because while I am sitting home isolating of my own accord even if no one is telling me to, a live NFL game on my TV would be such an awesome thing.

  15. ……..
    cardinalsfan20 says:
    May 15, 2020 at 7:06 pm
    “And the states that have eased restrictions aren’t seeing an increase in infections.”
    …….
    That simply is not true. Look at Arizona and Arkansas. In addition you need to dive deeper to the state numbers and look By counties as there are hotspots that are expanding. And you need more than 14 days to get an understanding of the impact, it’s going to be more like 30 to 60. How long ago was it we were told they were 15 cases that will soon go to zero and look what happened a month later.

  16. cardinalsfan20 says:
    “It is interesting how some people refer to saving lives as fear mongering.”
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    The shutdowns were to soften the curve of hospitalizations,… right ?
    Nobody said they were put in place to stop or get past the virus infections. NOBODY except you.
    This virus will be around for decades,.. just like H1N1. We need a vaccine. But we can't keep the economy shuttered until then. It's not "fearmongering",… it's called "Reality".

  17. That is about as dumb as saying the restaurant is open for business except for the cook. Wow, just Wow! Here is an idea why not considering increasing the 53 man limit on teams for the next two years just so we can get an actual season in. You know good and well some of these men will get the virus and have to miss at least two weeks. My point is lets make some logical decisions instead of this.

  18. Anyone who makes it a choice between closing and saving lives or opening and killing people is not a realist – free people can figure things out – if you are scared or highly susceptible stay home – most can go about their lives virus or not – we can’t wait months and months for a vaccine – as in Wisconsin I don’t think these lockdowns are even legal – the states that open up will prove the others wrong and the NFL will open on schedule.

  19. At first it was “stay home and slow the spread”. Now it is becoming “stay home until there is a cure”. I find it strange how fear has been engrained in society over the coronavirus. Most places in the country are safe to resume normal life. People shouldn’t travel and old folks need to be vigilant. Other than that, let’s get back to business.

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