The NFL released new guidelines for the Buffalo Bills facilities and the rest of their franchises for the upcoming season.
In an article published on June 7th, the NFL-NFLPA Club Facility Protocol for the 2020 Season was released, which impacts all franchises including the Buffalo Bills.
The nine-page long document outlines the precautions that are to be followed by team personnel players. Notable takeaways from the document include:
“Athletic training staffs have to stagger player appointments and strength and conditioning workouts are limited to a maximum of 15 players”.
“Clubs must designate or create a separate entrance to the facility for the sole use of Tier 1 (players and necessary personnel) and Tier 2 (other essential personnel) Individuals”.
“Where possible, the flow of foot traffic into and out of the facility must be automated or no-touch to remove or reduce the use of touchpoints”.
“All players and/or club employees who have access to the Restricted Areas must undergo daily screening and testing prior to entering the facility”.
“Clubs are required to promote physical distancing by rearranging or removing furniture and/or using distance markers to assure spacing (e.g., workstations, meeting rooms), modifying the use of common areas, displaying signs that discourage handshaking or other contact”.
Though these are just some of the points outlined in the document, the NFL and NFLPA are taking measures to ensure that the players and employees of franchises are being as cautious and safe as they can. These many guidelines are critical to the commencement of the 2020 NFL season as if cases of COVID-19 spawn in players, the league may have to take action.