National Football League suspends all COVID-19 protocols, regardless of vaccination status.
- NFL players are no longer required to wear masks, test for COVID-19, or get vaccinations, according to The Gateway Pundit.
- The league is pointing to the downward trend of the virus infection rate as the reason for their decisions, The Associated Press reports.
- In their letter to the 32 teams in the league, the NFL promise that if they decide to reimpose any special protocols they would do so “in conjunction” with the NFL Players Association.
STATEMENTS ABOUT THE CHANGE IN POLICY:
- “Based on current encouraging trends regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19, the evolving guidance from the CDC, changes to state law and the counsel of our respective experts, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to suspend all aspects of the joint COVID-19 Protocols effective immediately,” the league said. “We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of players, coaches, and staff as we have throughout the pandemic.”
- “Since the start of the pandemic in 2020 not a single NFL game has been canceled, there is not a single documented case of COVID transmission on field, and not a single NFL player has died of or with COVID,” OutKick reported.
- The NFL made headlines when they fined unvaccinated players more than $14,000 every time they violated COVID-19 protocols, according to NBC Sports.
- Included in the restrictions were special rules for those players who weren’t vaccinated to mask and test on a regular basis.