If there are NFL games this fall, and if fans are allowed to attend in person, face coverings will be required. That’s the latest from the football league as they make changes because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some teams and stadiums have announced mask policies, and now it will be league-wide. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed that all fans are to wear face coverings.
For those wondering, yes, it is league-wide: fans at NFL games this season will be required to wear face coverings pic.twitter.com/D139KGKQ4r
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) July 22, 2020
NFL Network reported Tuesday that the league and players’ union agreed to not hold a preseason this fall, which would have gotten underway next month. Given football’s schedule, the games provide teams with revenue as they’re generally included in season ticket packages.
The decision comes with the likelihood of teams playing in front of no or a limited number of fans during the regular season. Several states have said that large gatherings will be limited into the fall. New York State has specifically ruled no fans will be allowed at professional sports events.
Team training camp is set to begin at the end of the month, where players and coaches will be tested for coronavirus in addition to other measures to keep people safe. There are still details being worked out about procedures at training camp between the league and players' union.