NFL facilities will be partially reopened on Tuesday pending local regulations

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Retrieved 16 May 2020, 05:34 IST

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The NFL team will be eligible to reopen facilities on Tuesday but will be limited to coaches and players who are not in need of medical rehabilitation.

In a memo on Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said teams would only be allowed to reopen opportunities if state and local bans allowed to spread the carnivirus.

The move is a step towards a timely start to the 2020 season, with continued restrictions on players and coaches indicating that the league still has a long way to go.

“This first phase of reopening is an important step in demonstrating our ability to operate safely and effectively, even in the current environment,” the memo said.

Clubs are allowed to return more than half of their general staff to their facilities, but no more than 75 staff in total.

Teams will be able to select which staff can return but must follow the health guidelines outlined by the NFL last week.

The memo noted that coaches could return to their workplace “in a relatively short time” and said the league was working with the players’ union to create a plan where players could start training together “early next month”.

The NFL unveiled its schedule last Thursday, with the September 10 target opening game. The league GPT was planning to start its season on time despite the COVID-19 outbreak.