All NFL teams can begin to reopen their facilities on Tuesday, according to a memo sent to clubs by league commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday. The memo specifies that teams can reopen as long as they have permission under state and local regulations.
Commissioner Goodell sent this memo to teams today about reopening their facilities: pic.twitter.com/037uKybDNV— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 15, 2020
There are specific league guidelines as to who may be allowed in the building when facilities reopen:
- No more than 50% of non-player staff (and a maximum of 75 employees) per day.
- Players that were already rehabbing injuries prior to the closures can return, along with strength and conditioning staff members contributing to player rehab.
No other members of the coaching staff, including Andy Reid, are allowed in the facility.
“This first phase of reopening is an important step in demonstrating our ability to operate safely and effectively, even in the current environment,” wrote Goodell. “After we implement this first phase, and as more states and localities enact policies that allow more club facilities to reopen, I expect that additional staff, likely including coaching staff, will be allowed to return to club facilities in a relatively short time.”
This memo adds that teams unable to meet local criteria on Tuesday, May 19, may reopen their facilities on the earliest date on which they are able to meet the criteria. The Chiefs facility has been closed since Monday, March 16.
With NFL facilities starting to reopen tomorrow, I was told over the weekend that the thinking in the league right now is that coaches will not return until all facilities are open. Right now, approximately 10 can not reopen because of local stay-at-home laws.— Judy Battista (@judybattista) May 18, 2020
The NFL originally intended to keep facilities completely closed in order to maintain what was termed “competitive equity.” The new plan marks a significant revision from that initial ruling.