Like all professional sports leagues in the United States, the NFL is being forced to cope with the COVID-19 crisis as best it can.
The NFL Management Council on Monday provided teams with an updated discipline schedule featuring a variety of penalties for players that violate the league’s coronavirus-related orders, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero. The new rules are based on behaviors considered to be risky during the ongoing pandemic, which the league defines as “High-Risk COVID-19 conduct.”
Here’s a look at some of the NFL’s newest coronavirus rules, via Pelissero:
— Teams may fines players as much as one week’s salary or suspend them without pay “for engaging in the High-Risk COVID-19 conduct.” Suspensions may not exceed four weeks.
— Players may not attend indoor nigh clubs or bars unless they are wearing personal protective equipment and there are 10 or less people in the establishment.
— Players may not attend house gatherings larger than 15 people unless the player and all guests wear masks or PPE or practice social distances during the event.
— Players may not indoor concerts or entertainment events of any kind.
— Players may not attend a professional sporting event unless wearing PPE seated in a separate section (i.e., suites, owners boxes) with no more than 10 people.
— Players may not attend events prohibited by state or local officials
The NFL Management Council just sent clubs an updated discipline schedule, including fines and suspensions for “High Risk COVID-19 conduct,” such as going to clubs, bars and house parties without PPE.
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— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 4, 2020
The NFL is scheduled to kick off its 2020 season Sept. 10.