With COVID-19 still on the minds of many, the NFL is making sure to slowly get business back up safely.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport received the memo that commissioner Roger Goodell telling teams that coaches can go to team facilities starting Friday.
The memo also mentioned that players not seeking treatment for injuries are still not eligible to return. Coaches are only able to return should they receive permission from their local and state governments. Facilities can have up to 100 employees at their facilities if their local government allows them.
So far, only the San Francisco 49ers are the only NFL team expected to not go to their facilities. Rapoport reported the team is working with local government to get permission to return.
Teams were able to return to their facilities back on May 19th without coaches and players.
How Close is the League Ready for 2020 Season?
It appears that the NFL is taking the right steps in protecting their players, coaches, and employees from COVID-19. The league has established that they are taking things slow and making sure everyone is safe. One challenge the league will have is making sure players are safe once they hit the field for the first time.
Training camp is starting to look like a possibility, but will the league face any issues with COVID-19 with players hitting each other? The NFL has been looking into new face masks to put on helmets to avoid breathing on each other. It’s unknown whether players would be required to wear them or if they are ready to be used.
The NFL must continue to work with health officials to figure out a way to make it work. There will be a lot of risks to consider as the league works out whether to have fans in the stands or not. They need to worry about players, coaches, and referees on the field to make sure they don’t get sick.
The league is taking steps in the right direction, but more work must be done for everyone to be comfortable with moving forward with the season.