NFL Officials Will Have To Wear Face Coverings and Gloves During 2020 Football Season
By CBS News // July 12, 2020
Handheld electronic whistles may also be used
(CBS.com) – NFL officials are likely going to give “facemask” a new meaning in 2020. NFLRA executive director Scott Green told Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network that officials are expected to wear some kind of face coverings and gloves for the 2020 season to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.
The average age of an NFL official is 53, and Pelissero notes that some are in the higher-risk category for the coronavirus.
Officials are in close contact with both players and coaches in the midst of a given game, and Green noted that testing is still something that also needs to be more firmly addressed.
They are looking to get tested twice a week (once in their home city and once in the game city). Opt-outs are also being negotiated, per Pelissero.
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