COVID protocols for the National Football League will be withdrawn immediately as part of a compromise agreed between the league and its players association.
According to CBS News, the NFL is one of the first major sports leagues to take such a step.
According to the memo issued to all NFL teams and personnel and acquired by CBS News, the decision is based on “encouraging trends regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19, the developing recommendations from the CDC, revisions to state law, and the advise of our respective experts.”
The NFL has announced that testing, mask use, COVID-19 signs, isolation, and room capacity limits would no longer be required.
Players who test positive will still have to notify their teams, but they will only have to isolate for the five days that the CDC recommends. According to CBS News, teams must still keep a space in their facilities where players can go if they have symptoms and need a COVID-19 test.
COVID-19 protocols have been lifted by the NFL as COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to fall.
“Should there be a reason to reimpose portions of the guidelines or to take other actions,” the NFL email added, “we will work closely with clubs, the NFLPA and our respective experts, as well as local, state, and federal public health agencies to continue to safeguard the NFL’s health.”