COVID CONFUSION: EAGLES ARE COMING BACK WITH THESE PROTOCOLS

By Michael Donovan

The Eagles opened the NovaCare Complex and Lincoln Financial Field yesterday for select personnel only.

And the rules set forth by the NFL yesterday are confusing, to say the least.

The staff of NFL teams will be split into three tiers for access purposes. Here they are:

Tier 1:

Players, coaches, athletic trainers, team physicians, head strength and conditioning coaches, head equipment managers

The maximum number of Tier 1 people is 60 in addition to players on the roster.

Tier 2:

Club facility staff, additional coaches and strength and conditioning coaches, additional trainers and equipment managers, ownership, general managers, football operations staff, security personnel, etc

Tier 2 people will have access to restricted areas as needed, but will have to limit time in those restricted areas and avoid close contact with Tier 1 individuals whenever possible.

Tier 3:

Operational personnel, in-house media and broadcast personnel, field manager, additional stadium and security personnel.

These people are only granted access to restricted areas when Tier 1 and Tier 2 people are not present.

All players or staff who enter restricted areas (locker rooms, sidelines, etc.) must undergo daily screening and testing.

There will also be physical distancing regulations. All players and staff are to maintain 6 feet of distance from one another inside the facility. Common areas must be spread out and one-way traffic patterns should be used.

The memo asks all teams to have 6 feet between lockers “where possible,” which will be impossible in the NovaCare Complex and, really, any NFL facility. Perhaps the Eagles can also use their locker room across the street at the Linc as well.

Teams are asked to hold virtual meetings when possible and to limit the size of workout groups to 15.

Before opening to players, teams must completely close their facilities for 48 hours for deep cleaning from a professional service.

There are also additional cleaning elements and mandates for surfaces and air flow.

Players are to wear masks at all times while in the facility “unless a mask cannot be worn by players due to the interference with performance of athletic activities.” So, basically, they won’t wear them when they lift weights or work out.

Each team needs to come up with an IDER (Infectious Disease Emergency Response) plan. There need to be two levels to this plan: 1. Fewer than 20 players, 2. More than 20 players.

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