The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed on COVID-19 protocols for training camp and preseason, and they should work as a strong incentive for players to get the shot.
A memo describing the rules was distributed today, and it details much of what was previously revealed about this year’s COVID-19 protocols, as well as new information that will make players want to get the shot.
One of the main ones is that vaccinated players are allowed to go to high-risk places like bars and nightclubs, but not unvaccinated players, and if they are seen in one location, they can be sentenced to a fine of up to $ 50,000.
Other elements of the memo include:
- Fully vaccinated players who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 will not need to be quarantined, but unvaccinated players will continue to be quarantined.
- Unvaccinated players will be tested daily; vaccinated players will not.
- Unvaccinated players must wear masks on team premises and when traveling; vaccinated players do not need to wear masks.
- Unvaccinated players must practice physical distancing on team premises; fully vaccinated people do not have to practice distancing from each other.
- An unlimited number of vaccinated players can be in the weight room, but only 15 unvaccinated players can be in the weight room.
- Unvaccinated players cannot have meals with their teammates; Vaccinated players can assemble for meals.
- Unvaccinated players cannot participate in media or marketing activities while traveling; vaccinated players can.
- Unvaccinated players cannot use the sauna or steam room; vaccinated players can.
- Unvaccinated players cannot leave the team hotel or interact with people outside the team during their trip; vaccinated players can.
At this point, it’s hard to imagine why a player won’t get the shot. Some players sure won’t, but these players are doing themselves and their teams a disservice.