NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all 32 teams Tuesday night saying all club facilities would be closed by 6 p.m. local time Wednesday, with limited exceptions, NFL Media and ESPN reported.
These facility closures — sparked by the spread of the novel coronavirus — will continue until at least April 8, when the league "will assess the advice from medical experts and public health authorities to determine whether it is safe and appropriate for facilities to reopen or to extend the period of closure."
In the memo, these people will be allowed to enter team facilities in the aforementioned time frame:
- Employees (such as athletic trainers or physicians) who are providing ongoing medical treatment to players.
- Employees (such as the director of facilities, security personnel or independent contractors) necessary to maintain the physical security of the facility and its contents.
- Employees (such as technology personnel) necessary to maintain the security and operational capabilities of the club's IT network to enable remote work by club football and business staff.
"The challenges we face are not unique — many businesses and individuals throughout the country are experiencing and addressing similar issues," Goodell wrote in the memo. "Please be assured that the NFL is well-positioned to meet these operational challenges as we prepare to offer our fans and the country an outstanding 2020 NFL season."
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Teams still will be allowed to sign free-agent players, evaluate draft prospects, sell tickets and other operations related to preparing for the 2020 season.
Last week, the NFL delayed all offseason activities such as meetings, practices and minicamps as a safeguard against COVID-19.
NFL Network, which is based in the Los Angeles area, has been forced to temporarily pull its live programming after Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered the state's 40 million residents to stay at home. Only those working jobs deemed essential were exempt.
The 2020 NFL draft still is scheduled to take place on April 23-25, but the event will be closed to the public. The selection process will be televised.
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