Sumary of N.F.L. Requires Masks and Increases Coronavirus Testing for Thanksgiving:
- strengthened its Covid-19 protocols as the number of positive cases rises across the country and people make plans to convene for Thanksgiving, and recommended facilitating testing for families of players and other employees.
- 1, and all players, coaches and support staff also must be tested for the coronavirus on Nov.
- This season, unvaccinated players and football staff in the league’s Tier 1 designation, the most essential personnel, must be tested every day.
- With Wednesday’s update to the protocols, unvaccinated players must wait for their results before entering a team facility, while vaccinated players and staff can enter their facilities, but must remain masked while they wait for results.
- In a memo sent to all 32 teams Tuesday night, the league also urged clubs to set up drive-through testing facilities for players, staff and any friends and family who may visit them for the holiday.
- Unvaccinated players are not to gather in groups of more than three people outside of the team facility;
- , 34 players and 47 staff, the most in any two-week period this season.
- The players affected included high-profile starters like Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, and Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb.