NFL lifts mask mandate for fully vaccinated players and tiered staff

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (Nexstar Media Wire) — The NFL is following the latest guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is lifting the mask mandate for fully vaccinated tiered staff and players.

In a memo sent out to teams, the league said they reached an agreement to lift the mandate with the NFL Player’s Association.

Effective immediately, fully vaccinated Tiered staff and players will not be required to wear masks anywhere in the club facility, either indoors or outdoors. An individual is considered “fully vaccinated” if 14 days have passed since the individual received his or her last dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (either the single dose of Johnson & Johnson or the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna).

NFL Memorandum

Players or staff who chose not to be vaccinated will continue to be required to wear masks indoor and outdoors at club facilities.

The league said they will continue to follow CDC guidelines as they are updated to reflect reduced risk and transmission in fully vaccinated individuals.

The NFL said they should review local and state regulations as they continue to modify their own protocols.

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