People who are not fully vaccinated, including players, will be prohibited from assembling outside club facilities or traveling as a team. NFL players who are not fully vaccinated will be prohibited from going to nightclubs, bars, house parties, concerts, etc. Failure to follow protocols could result in fines of $ 50,000 for a first violation.
One difference that Pelissero believes could have major competitive implications is that a fully vaccinated person who has been exposed to someone positive for the coronavirus will not be classified as a high-risk close contact, so they will not be subjected to a compulsory isolation for five days.
Coaches and staff who are not fully immunized – and do not have religious or medical exemptions – will not be eligible for Level 1 or 2 status in training camp and therefore will not be allowed to work in person with the players. Strength and conditioning coaches, for example, need to be fully immunized to be in a weight room with players. If it is an indoor weight room, players who are not fully vaccinated should train with their masks on. For coaches who are fully vaccinated, there will no longer be face coverings required, which was a feature of the 2020 season, such as the face mask of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid or other doomed coaches. to a fine for not always wearing theirs.
For all unvaccinated persons during the trip, it is forbidden to meet with outside guests in hotel rooms, to see family and friends, etc.
There will also be some significant changes for members of the media and fans.
Fully vaccinated members of the media will be allowed to conduct in-person interviews, which was prohibited throughout the 2020 season. In contrast, members of the media who are not fully vaccinated are not allowed access to the platform. press, pitch, sidelines and locker rooms.
While fans are not permitted to interact with players, they are permitted to attend training camps. They must stay more than 20 feet from Level 1 personnel, including players, and respect physical distance.
The full memo on the updated COVID-19 protocols is available here.