“As we learned last year, we can play a full season if we maintain a firm commitment to adhering to our health and safety protocols and to making needed adjustments in response to changing conditions,” Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned Thursday in a memo despatched to golf equipment that was obtained by The Related Press.
Goodell says the league does not not anticipate including a nineteenth week to accommodate video games that may’t be rescheduled inside 18-week common season.
Nevertheless, forfeits are among the many penalties.
“If a game can’t be rescheduled and is canceled due to a COVID outbreak among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams, the team with the outbreak will forfeit and will be deemed to have played 16 games for purposes of draft, waiver priority, etc,” Goodell says within the memo.
For functions of playoff seeding, the forfeiting group will likely be credited with a loss and the opposite group will likely be credited with a win.
The league says greater than half its teams have COVID-19 vaccination charges better than 80% of their gamers, and greater than 75% of gamers are within the means of being vaccinated.
Almost all golf equipment have vaccinated 100% of their Tier 1 and a couple of staffs. Teams have acceptable protocols arrange for staffers who haven’t been vaccinated, in keeping with the steerage given final April.
Among the many different key factors within the memo:
– If a vaccinated individual assessments optimistic and is asymptomatic, she or he will likely be remoted and call tracing will promptly happen. The optimistic particular person will likely be permitted to return to obligation after two unfavourable assessments no less than 24 hours aside, and can thereafter be examined each two weeks or as directed by the medical staffs. Vaccinated people is not going to be topic to quarantine because of shut contact with an contaminated individual.
– If an unvaccinated individual assessments optimistic, the protocols from 2020 will stay in impact. The individual will likely be remoted for a interval of 10 days and can then be permitted to return to obligation if asymptomatic. Unvaccinated people will proceed to be topic to a five-day quarantine interval if they’ve shut contact with an contaminated particular person.
– Anybody who had a earlier COVID-19 an infection will likely be thought-about totally vaccinated 14 days after they’ve had no less than one dose of an accredited vaccine.