If you somehow find yourself on a sideline in Buffalo, New York over the next few months, you’ll be required to wear a face covering. While the NFL is “strongly recommending” that players wear face coverings in all cities, it is only “mandated” for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, per their state and local regulations.
Currently, San Francisco and Buffalo are the only two markets in which players are *required* (not just recommended) to wear face coverings on the sideline -- per the NFL and NFLPA's latest COVID policy— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) September 5, 2020
That was unveiled yesterday in the NFL and NFLPA’s most recent COVID-19 policy, which are now becoming as much of a must-read as the recaps following games you may have missed due to abjectly-scheduled ballet recitals.
“We will continually monitor the state and local regulations and provide periodic updates but for now, all players on the sidelines for games in San Francisco and Buffalo must wear face coverings,” the league’s memo reads.
On top of the Bills-related development, the memo also notes that locker room access on game day will be limited to the team’s 53 players, as well as 40 others. That lot will include coaches, general managers, trainers, essential members of the equipment staff, and one member each from both the security and public relations staff. Another change is that each team can be represented by only one masked individual at the pregame coin toss.
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