NFL Lays Out Plan For Reopening Facilities

On Wednesday night, the NFL laid out its potential plan for reopening facilities in a memo to teams, as Tom Pelissero of tweets. With permission from state government authorities, the league hopes to resume business as usual – or something close to it – soon. 

The memo also details protocols including: temperature screening, the establishment of an infection response team for each club, and social distancing. At the same time, Roger Goodell has discouraged team officials from discussing hypothetical timelines.

“It is impossible to project what the next few months will bring,” Goodell wrote. “Uninformed commentary that speculates on how individual clubs or the league will address a range of hypothetical contingencies serves to constructive purpose and instead confuses our fans and business partners, complicates the operations of other clubs, and distracts from the careful planning that is needed right now.”

Then, Goodell’s memo gets into greater detail for a “safe and phased reopening.” Phase 1 would allow for up to 50% of a team’s non-player employees to occupy the facility on any given day, up to a maximum of 75. No players would be permitted in the building, unless resuming a course of rehabilitation that was already underway when facilities were first closed. That phase could begin as soon as Friday, May 15th. After that, the league will weigh its options for Phase 2, though teams are encouraged to refine their own policies in accordance with local law and fluctuating conditions.

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54 comments on “NFL Lays Out Plan For Reopening Facilities

  1. richard dangler

    Play the games, don’t bow the the radical media’s fear mongering. Everyone knows this is a hoax.

    • Slayer666

      Everyone as in 85% of the world would say your wrong and dumb for making that comment

    • bklynny67

      It’s obvious you haven’t had anyone close to you die or be hospitalized with the virus. Otherwise you’d think differently. I’ve never known someone to die or even be seriously ill from the common flu, even though tens of thousands die each year. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case with this virus.

    • tedtheodorelogan

      It isn’t a hoax, but putting tens of millions of people out of work, shutting down many small businesses permanently, wasn’t the right way to handle it. Time to get back to living life. Frail people can continue to shelter if they so choose, but us blue collar folk can’t afford to live like this any longer.

      • aircobra

        You’re just as ignorant if you think only the ‘frail’ are getting sick and dying. It’s people like you that end up putting others at risk.

      • norah

        You are an ignorant person.

        First of all, it’s not only the “frail” who get sick and die.

        Second, you’re probably getting unemployment if you’re laid off, right? Well, lots of your so m-called “frail” people are getting that too, because guess what — more vulnerable people still have jobs! They’re not all retired or in disability! So now they’re either working from home, or they’re laid off & getting unemployment. But if the governors say open up, that won’t be true any longer. Employers will say “you have to come back to work regardless of whether you’re more vulnerable”, and they’ll have to go back. Because if they refuse work, unemployment stops. And even if they were working from home during the quarantine, a lot of companies will end that option once the governor says they can open up.

        • bass86

          You’re stupid.

          You can walk into your grocery store it’s been hours and it mingling around with people. but they won’t let you go get a haircut. You fail to see the fallacy in this. You are a sheep. destined to follow someone to your own demise

          • ioh2710

            Bro, your mom dropped you when you were a baby? Either way, let me get those drugs she was on!

      • bass86

        You dope. That’s what he’s saying is the hoax. shutting down the country. because that’s what this article is about. reopening

        to jump to the conclusion that his reference of hoax is to the actual virus is partisan crap. use your brain.

    • forwhomjoshbelltolls


      Coronavirus. Global warming. Evolution. Gravity.

      All hoaxes.

      If it takes more than an eighth grade education and 30 seconds of attention span to understand, it’s obviously not real.

      • bass86

        global warming is a hoax. The science and all the lies about the stats proves this. your little comet’s cute though.


        That’s the record of predictions of scientists in regards to global warming also known now as climate change because the globe quit warming and you couldn’t call it global warming anymore because it didn’t make sense

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      Dude… When Roger Goodell talks more sense than you do, you have a serious problem.

    • drchilmrichalds

      Coronavirus killed more people in one month than the flu does in six months, WHILE THE WHOLE WORLD WAS LOCKED DOWN

      Calling this a hoax is just announcing to everyone else that you lack rudimentary critical thinking ability

    • zmay718

      Hoax huh. How many people do you that have died in the last month, I know three. It would help if folks who are not properly informed simply keep there comments to them selves.

    • yaketymac

      Soon we’ll learn if Goodell is an actual, responsible leader or just another Trump sycophant.

      I’ll take part in my fantasy draft like every other year and hope for the best, but the truth is this season can crash to the ground in 5 minutes.

    • Considering that the NFL essentially needs permission of government authorities to be able to even hold practices, you may want to avoid this site altogether until this crisis is over if you’re looking to ‘avoid [this] crap’.

    • ThePeople'sElbow

      are you daft? sports has often been the catalyst for social change in this country. Jesse Owens. Jackie Robinson. Magic Johnson. 9/11.

    • bass86

      If you’re a fan of the NFL and you don’t think sports and politics mix then why are you a fan of the NFL? how obtuse can you be

  2. parkers

    Keeping politics out of sports should be the goal but unfortunately the very existence of sports depends on political decisions. Revenue from attendance determines a large portion of how much players make. The make up of each teams roster is determined by salary cap considerations. Deciding if fans are allowed or if they even will choose to attend, if allowed, is critical in paying these salaries.The issue isn’t whither or not it’s a hoax but how will people relate to it. If players or team officials test positive how will teammates respond? If key players are sidelined how will fans react? This includes all of the logistical functions. What if one team has a number of teammates tested positive and quarantined, how will that go over with their opponents? The fact that large numbers of people are getting sick and dying is enough to make people pause. After all the facts are gathered will be the time to decide whither it was a hoax.

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      There’s an uncomfortably large segment of humanity that shows vast skill at warping facts to fit their own “reality.”

      • crosseyedlemon

        Suddenly, the idea of inviting Hubcap to a Trekkie convention doesn’t seem that good anymore.

          • crosseyedlemon

            Being an unrelenting realist 24/7 would be a miserable and unbearable existence I think. Humans need hopes, dreams and yes fantasies. Diversity is an essential component of life. If we all shared the exact same “reality” with regards to everything, it would be a nightmare worse than any George Orwell could imagine.

            • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

              I agree to a point… that point being when a person’s refusal to accept certain realities endangers others around them. What humans do to amuse themselves or escape from the harshness of life is (generally) their own business. When your little escapist fantasies begin to affect MY quality of life, the landscape changes.

              • crosseyedlemon

                I respect your viewpoints on here but it’s a slippery slope no matter where we stand.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    Just Goodell going off on another rant to prove what a fool he is. Apparently he doesn’t realize that he’s employed by the league owners. I don’t know why they tolerate this clown telling them how to run their operations.

    • cant_teach_speed

      That’s sort of the point of his position. Otherwise you would have 32 decision makers headed in every direction.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I disagree. His job should be to act on the consensus that the 32 owners arrive at on various issues but he thinks the NFL is his own personal kingdom to rule as he sees fit.

  4. The Mistake of Giving Eugene Melnyk a Liver Transplant

    “Keeping politics out of sports” is supporting the status quo. Also, any moron who says that avoiding mass death of the most vulnerable or other basic human rights is “politics” is an ahole. Supporting people’s basic rights isn’t politics it is called the most basic level of not being a terrible person. COVID-19 discriminates and disproportionately hurts and kills older people, poorer people, and people of color.

  5. bass86

    This is preposterous! We should not be returning to anything that resembles normalcy until we have fully eradicated all of the murder hornets.

    • crosseyedlemon

      “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else” / Winston Churchill

        • crosseyedlemon

          Churchill probably provided the world with more great quotes than anybody and he had your response covered too:
          “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly”.

    • cant_teach_speed

      I saw a video of a praying mantis going bad on a murder hornet. Mantis not impressed one bit

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