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NFL now not would require COVID-19 surveillance testing

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The NFL and NFLPA suspended COVID-19 protocols on March 3, and that won’t change into the 2022 season. The NFL Management Council informed teams Thursday that COVID surveillance testing of players and staff now not is required, no matter a person’s vaccination status, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

It signals a return to normalcy after two years of COVID-19 protocols.

Testing for COVID-19 still should occur “when clinically indicated and/or on the direction of the club physician,” and any individual experiencing symptoms must promptly report them and receive a negative test before entering the club facility.

“Tier” restrictions in the power or the travel party now not apply, and clubs may individually determine whether to require COVID-19 vaccine boosters for employees, subject to state law. Which means unvaccinated coaches and staff now not could have restrictions.

Players now not must wear devices to observe their contacts at team facilities and limits on weight rooms and other gathering spaces have been removed.

Teams can be permitted to require players and staff to remain within the team hotel for training camp and may hold training camp at alternate locations without approval.

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