Nashville, Tenn. ( Associated Press) — Derrick Henry jogs on the field with his daughter after practice. The Green Bay Packers are borrowing kids’ bikes to practice again.
Fans are able to contact their favorite players to ask for autographs.
Yes, the NFL looks and acts like it is back to normal, heading into its third season in the era of COVID-19.
There are no umbrellas or testing camps anymore and masks are scarce. Indeed, the protocols that implemented and amended the league and the Players Association in 2020 and 2021 were suspended in March.
The NFL appears to be following CDC recommendations, which last week removed social distancing and quarantine requirements, as 95% of Americans over the age of 16 have some level of immunity from vaccination or infection.
The league still wants anyone with possible symptoms to be exposed, and for people to wear masks if they have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. A positive test still means self-isolating at home for five days.
“I think we’re concerned about everyone’s safety, the health of us and our families,” said Tennessee Titans coach Mike Wrabel, who said two and a half years after the pandemic: “Hopefully we’re already over it.” Huh.
The biggest change in the camps has been the most obvious: The fans are back and close enough to shake hands with the players.
The celebrations are welcomed after the relative silence of the past two years when the only sounds were the crashing on protective equipment, shouts from coaches and sometimes music.
There is no social distancing anymore. Neither do the mandatory test, which saves time every morning – before you have to wait for the result.
No NFL regular-season games have been canceled in the past two seasons. However, many were traded in the 2020 campaign and there was no precision.
The league reports that approximately 95% of players and almost 100% of team personnel are vaccinated.
Other professional leagues adjusted their protocols:
– Major League Baseball has ended ongoing COVID-19 testing for all individuals with symptoms starting in the 2022 season.
-The NBA has not disclosed its policy for the next season. Commissioner Adam Silver said last month that he expected to continue moving toward normality, “What I’ve learned over the past two and a half months is that when it comes to COVID, nothing is predictable, Rather, it is to be made clear that we will be prepared for it. Comes.”