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Report: NFL to require some masks, social distancing

Field Level Media
10 Jul 2020, 03:40 GMT+10

Welcome to the NFL amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The league sent a memo to teams that outlines what will and won't be allowed on game days in 2020, and it includes a mask requirement for some team personnel as well as a ban on players swapping jerseys after game, per NFL Network reporters.

The network's Ian Rapoport said everyone who will be in the bench area will have their temperature taken before entering the stadium, and if it registers 100.4 or more, that person will be denied entry. Coaches and players will not need to wear masks, but everyone else on the sideline for a team will.

And after the games, the NFL intends to keep teams socially distanced, forbidding "postgame interactions within 6 feet of each other," and prohibiting the exchange of jerseys, Tom Pelissero reported.

That presumably eliminates the postgame greeting between head coaches and opposing quarterbacks, as well as the frequent gathering of players from both teams for a prayer. also reported that both teams must travel to the stadium by bus and that media will not have access to the locker rooms.

It didn't take long for Richard Sherman of the San Francisco 49ers to offer up his take on the new jersey-exchange rule, even though Rapoport said the NFL Players Association signed off on it.

"This is a perfect example of NFL thinking in a nutshell. Players can go engage in a full contact game and do it safely. However, it is deemed unsafe for them to exchange jerseys after said game," Sherman tweeted, followed by laughter emojis.

The 2020 NFL season is scheduled to begin Sept. 10 when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans.

--Field Level Media

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