The NFL and NFL Players Association agree on the COVID-19 training camp and preseason protocols, and they should serve as a strong incentive for players to be vaccinated.
A note outlining the rules was released today, and it describes much of what was previously revealed about this year’s COVID-19 protocols, as well as some new information that will get players vaccinated.
One big thing is that vaccinated players are allowed to go to high-risk places like bars and nightclubs, but non-vaccinated players are not, and if seen in one place, they can be fined up to $ 50,000.
Other items in the note include:
- Fully vaccinated players who have close contact with someone who has COVID-19 do not need quarantine, but unvaccinated players will continue to be quarantined.
- Unvaccinated players are tested every day; vaccinated players will not.
- Non-vaccinated players must wear masks on the team facility and during travel; vaccinated players do not have to wear masks.
- Non-vaccinated players must practice physical distancing in the team facility; fully vaccinated people do not have to practice distancing themselves from each other.
- Unlimited number of vaccinated players can be in the weight, but only 15 non-vaccinated players can be in the weight.
- Non-vaccinated players are not allowed to eat meals with teammates; Vaccinated players can gather for meals.
- Non-vaccinated players are not allowed to participate in media or marketing activities during the trip; vaccinated players can.
- Non-vaccinated players are not allowed to use the sauna or steam room; vaccinated players can.
- Non-vaccinated players may not be allowed to leave the team hotel or interact with people outside the team while traveling; vaccinated players can.
At this point, it’s hard to imagine why not every player gets vaccinated. Some players certainly will not, but these players are doing themselves and their team a serious disservice.