The NFL will shut down all 32 team practice facilities on Monday and Tuesday in response to the rising levels of COVID-19 positives around the league and fear that the Thanksgiving holiday could introduce a wave of additional cases into the league.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the changes in a memo to teams on Friday. Most teams do not practice on Monday or Tuesday, with the facility only open for meetings, treatments, physical training and weight training.
The closure will not impact teams that will still be preparing for their Week 12 games: the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks, who play on Monday night, and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, who are scheduled to play on Tuesday night. The Ravens have already made the decision to close their facility through Monday thanks to their ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
The NFLPA is also instructing members that had guests over for the holiday to get a point-of-care test before they return to the team’s facility.