A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed mask recommendations for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the NFL followed suit.
Through Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (h / t Grant Gordon), the league informed teams via a note sent on Friday that fully vaccinated players and staff no longer need to wear approved masks inside or outside the facilities of the club.
“From now on, fully vaccinated staff and players will not be required to wear masks anywhere within club facilities, whether indoors or outdoors,” it reads. in the memo. As with the MLB, NFL staff are considered fully immunized 14 days after the last dose of a vaccine. Those who are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated should still wear masks.
As ESPN’s Kevin Seifert Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski removed his mask during Friday’s rookie mini-camp session after hearing the update, reported. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said in April that all of the team’s coaching staff and management have been vaccinated.
“There were people I didn’t realize what they looked like,” Stefanski joked.
Stefanski, the winner of the Professional Football Writers of America 2020 Coach of the Year and Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year Awards, is the star of a new Ohio Public Service Announcement which urges residents to receive COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.