What had been reserved for teams that had a player, coach or staffer test
positive for COVID-19 will be the operational norm in the NFL moving forward.

"The upcoming holidays, beginning with Thanksgiving next week, will introduce
new risks of exposure that we need to address now," commissioner Roger Goodell
wrote in a memo to teams Wednesday, obtained by multiple media outlets.

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"Because we have a highly sophisticated program of daily testing, we know when
the virus enters our facilities, which underscores the importance of contact
tracing and other steps to minimize close contacts within a facility," Goodell
wrote.

All but four teams have enacted intensive protocol at least once during the
season and 16 teams were under stricter measures at least twice.

Under intensive protocol:

--Facemasks must be worn at all times at team facilities, including on the
practice field.

--All meetings held virtually unless outdoors or with pre-approval for
indoors.

--All players/coaches must have a negative test from previous day to enter
facilities.

--Locker room usage discouraged on non-game days.

--Meals served on a grab-and-go basis.

--Limits put on capacity and time in weight rooms.

Intensive protocol was introduced on Oct. 1 to help teams mitigate the spread
of COVID-19.

According to the latest testing results announced by the NFL and NFLPA on
Tuesday, a total of 95 players and 175 team personnel members had tested
positive through Nov. 14 since monitoring began in August.

--Field Level Media

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