The New Orlean Saints face trouble with the NFL again over masks wearing policies after a Twitter video showed a maskless celebration in the locker room.
November 8, was a good day for the Saints after they crushed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, their celebration got out of hand, when a Twitter video showed the team holding a maskless celebration in the locker room. Not wearing a mask, even in the locker rooms, is a violation of the NFL’s COVID-19 policies.
“All players and staff must wear masks or double-layered gaiters in the locker room on game day — prior to the game, during halftime, and post-game.” A memo sent out by the NFL read on November 3.
The Saints are now facing significant penalties due to the incident and repeated offenses against the policies.
“It’s a little bit like when seat belts came along,” NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills told Yahoo Sports. “Overnight, you had to do a lot of education about why wearing seat belts was important.”
NFL Expects A Hard Road Ahead
Due to the surge of cases this past week, the United States is now projected to have over 400,000 deaths, six times the holding capacity of SuperBowl.
However, the NFL is still planning to have the Superbowl on schedule, despite the grim news.
While NFL didn’t lay out any COVID-19 related protocols for the Superbowl yet, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall says he’s hopeful the Superbowl will play on schedule.
“Our objective is for all teams to safely and responsibly complete the regular season within our 17-week schedule — and have a full postseason, culminating with the Super Bowl with fans in the stands on February 7 in Tampa,” Goodall said last week.
The Saints play the Atlanta Falcons on November 22 at 1:00 pm eastern time.
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