NFL Threatens Discipline for Failure to Wear Masks on Sidelines

"Becoming careless," the NFL warned, "will put the 2020 season at risk”

NFL Threatens Discipline for Failure to Wear Masks on Sidelines
Patrick Mahomes smiles at mask-less Andy Reid during the fourth quarter against the Texans.
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After a number of NFL coaches neglected to wear their face masks properly during game action on Sunday, the league is threatening discipline for further violations of safety guidelines on the sidelines.

In a memo, executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said coaches, medical staff members and other personnel on the sideline “must remain vigilant and disciplined in following the processes and protocols put in place by not only the league, union and clubs, but also by state and local governments.”

As ESPN reports, Vincent wrote “becoming careless” by slacking with the face coverings or physical distancing requirements “will put the 2020 season at risk.”

The memo came after many coaches were caught by television cameras with their masks off or down around their chins.

“Two of our stadiums are in locations in which this requirement is mandatory for all individuals, including players,” the memo continues. “Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs. Wearing a mask does not mean using it as a chin strap or hanging it from one’s neck. The face covering must be worn as designed so that it securely fits across the wearer’s nose and mouth to prevent the transmission of the virus.”

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