The NFL has told its teams that if there are outbreaks of COVID-19 among unvaccinated players and a game cannot be rescheduled, the team will forfeit and suffer a loss.
If a match was called off due to a virus outbreak, players from both teams would not receive their weekly wages and the club with the outbreak would be responsible for any financial loss incurred by the opposing team, the commissioner wrote. NFL Roger Goodell in a statement. letter Thursday. Teams with outbreaks could also face additional penalties, first reported the NFL Network.
“Vaccines are safe and effective and are the best measure anyone can take to protect themselves from the coronavirus ”, Goodell wrote in the memo to clubs.
The 2021 football season is scheduled to start in September.
So far finished 75% of NFL players are in the process to get vaccinated, according to the memo, and almost all clubs have their entire staff vaccinated.
As the highly contagious delta variant spreads nationwide, the United States has gone from an average of nearly 11,500 daily cases on June 20 to a seven-day average of over 37,000 new cases on June 20. July – which means COVID-19 cases more than tripled within a month.
Vaccinated people remain at low risk contract the virus – even the delta variant – and are at extremely low risk of hospitalization or death if infected in a “breakthrough” case. However, coronavirus cases are on the rise dramatically among the unvaccinated populations.
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