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NFL sends COVID-19 protocols for camp, preseason to clubs

COVID-19 protocols for 2020 training camp and preseason, including the handling of individuals exposed to someone who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, were sent by the NFL to clubs on Friday night, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Saturday morning.

If there has been close contact exposure to a symptomatic or COVID-19 positive individual, a PCR virus test is needed as soon as possible with isolation until results are available.

Should the test come back negative and the close contact remains asymptomatic, a return to the club facility is permitted following increased "system monitoring" and regular testing going forward.

If the virus test is positive, there are differing protocols if an individual is symptomatic or has no symptoms, though each requires substantial time away from the team facility and medical approval to return.

Other aspects pointed out by Pelissero are that NFL-NFL Players Association protocols say teams may not require players to stay in team hotels during training camp.

In addition, enforcement and discipline are part of the protocols, including that: "Should a club employee or other member of the club's staff knowingly and materially fail to follow these protocols, they will be subject to discipline."

Another major change will be myriad alterations to media access, including no in-person interviews until further notice.

The NFLPA membership voted on a conference call earlier this week in favor of not playing any preseason games ahead of the 2020 season, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Friday. Training camps are set to commence in late July.

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