The NFL Develops Protocols For Reopening Team Facilities

The NFL set protocols for reopening team facilities and told all 32 franchises to have them ready by May 15.

In a memo sent by Commissioner Roger Goodell and obtained by ESPN, various phases of the protocols were outlined. The first phase would involve a limited number of staff (non-players), initially 50 percent of non-player employees up to 75 daily, who are allowed to be at the facility, although fewer state or local regulations may require.

The teams would decide which employees could return to the facility and when to reopen the facility. No player would be allowed to enter except for those who must continue therapy and rehabilitation for injuries that began before the closing of the offices ordered in late March by Goodell.


“While these protocols have been carefully developed and reflect best practices, they can also be adapted and supplemented to ensure they meet the health requirements of any local state or city,” Goodell wrote.

The commissioner noted that the league is actively working on the next phase of reopening, which will involve more employees and players. He noted that the union is also consulted on the protocols, which have not been fully concluded.

Dr. Allen Sills, NFL medical director, will speak to the doctors on each team and the director of infection control to discuss the implementation of the medical aspects of the protocols.

AP information was used in this report.