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The National Football League is closing all its team facilities starting later today due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo sent to teams Tuesday night, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell detailed league-wide guidelines "to ensure that all clubs operate on a level playing field, and that the NFL continues to conduct itself in a responsible way at this time."

The league set guidelines, according to the memo, that all teams' facilities will remain closed starting today at 6 p.m. local time to all personnel, except the following:

  • Employees who are providing ongoing medical treatment to players, such as athletic trainers and physicians
  • Employees necessary to maintain the physical security of the facility and its contents, such as director of facilities, security personnel and independent contractors
  • Employees necessary to maintain the security and operational capabilities of the club’s IT network to enable remote work by club football and business staff, such as technology personnel
"The challenges we face are not unique – many businesses and individuals throughout the country are experiencing and addressing similar issues," Goodell wrote in the memo. "Please be assured that the NFL is well-positioned to meet these operational challenges as we prepare to offer our fans and the country an outstanding 2020 NFL season.

On April 8, the league will reassess with public health and medical officials "to determine whether it is safe and appropriate for facilities to reopen or to extend the period of closure."

Teams can continue conducting off-season business during this time such as signing players and evaluating draft-eligible prospects to prepare for the 2020 season.
 
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