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#pounditTuesday, January 18, 2022

NFL warns coaches, staffers about not following face mask rules

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The NFL has rules in place requiring coaches and team staffers in the bench area to wear face coverings at all times during games, but many did not adhere to those protocols on Sunday. The NFL is not pleased about that.

On Monday, the NFL sent a memo to teams stating that a failure to adhere to the health and safety protocols going forward “will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs.” That likely means the league will begin issuing fines if coaches and staff members do not wear masks properly.

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was one of several coaches and team staffers who were seen without their mask covering their face on Sunday.

Fans also have to wear masks at any stadiums that allow them to attend games. The NFL was testing face shields at one point that players might be able to wear, but it doesn’t seem like those caught on.

Now that teams have been formally warned, it’s possible we could see fines handed out next week if the face covering protocols are not followed.

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