- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2020

NFL teams can begin reopening their facilities Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it.

In a memo sent to the 32 teams Friday and obtained by The Associated Press, Commissioner Roger Goodell stressed that clubs must be in compliance with the league’s new safety protocols and “with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction.”

Facilities have been closed since late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Each team was required to submit a plan to the league for reopening its training/practice facility last week.

“Clubs unable to meet these criteria on May 19 may reopen their facilities on the earliest date thereafter on which they are able to meet the criteria,” Goodell added.



The league held a required online training program for club infection control officers on Monday night.

Among the new protocols:

Until further notice, teams may have no more than 50% of their staff in the facility, not to exceed 75 people. If a club wants to deploy staff to more than one location, all locations must implement the same health and safety protocols, and the combined number of employees at all locations can’t exceed 75.

No members of the coaching staff can return to the facility under the first phase of reopening.

No players may be in the facility other than those undergoing medical treatment or rehab. Strength and conditioning coaches participating in player rehab may continue that work in the facility. Otherwise, they are barred until the rest of the coaching staff is allowed to return.

The Washington Redskins will be among the teams reopening on Tuesday, a team spokesman said Monday, though coaches and players will not yet be returning to the team’s Ashburn, Virginia, facility.

“All personnel returning to the facility will be adhering to strict health and safety guidelines as directed by the CDC, the league and the state of (Virginia),” the spokesman told The Washington Times.

Washington’s decision to return comes after Baltimore Ravens team president Dick Cass told the team’s website that Baltimore would not open its facility due to Maryland’s stay-at-home order.

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