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All NFL Teams Ordered Into “Intensive Protocols” Starting Saturday

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The NFL is stepping up its COVID-19 safety measures.

Starting Saturday, all 32 teams must switch to the league’s “intensive protocol.”

Under the guidelines, the NFL will reduce close contact between players and staff plus mandate that masks be worn at all times throughout practice sites.

All team meetings must be held virtually unless it can be held outdoors.

Last week, NFL boss Roger Goodell reiterated the NFL’s plans to finish its season and hold the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay on February 7.