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The NFL has sent its 32 teams a memo outlining a limited reopening of team facilities beginning May 15. 

Commissioner Roger Goodell's memo lists protocols beginning with allowing 50 percent of non-player personnel (up to 75 employees) into facilities on a single day. Some states require a lower number, such as Massachusetts which has banned gatherings of 10 or more. 

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In the first phase, no players would be allowed in the facilities unless continuing therapy and rehabilitation for injuries that were halted at facilities when they were ordered closed on March 25 by Goodell.

Among the other protocols are wearing a cloth face covering or medical-style mask as well as daily screening of employees and visitors who must have their temperature taken and answer questions.

ESPN's Adam Schefter obtained a copy of Goodell's memo:

Goodell wrote that the protocols "can also be adapted and supplemented to ensure compliance with any state and local public health requirements."

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Goodell also noted that the league is working in consultation with the NFL Players Association on the next phase to allow more staffers and players at facilities. As he has before while the coronavirus crisis worsened, the commissioner again cautioned against public comments from team officials about hypothetical scenarios for the 2020 season.

 

The NFL has publicly stated it will open on time and with full stadiums. The 2020 schedule will be released Thursday night and is expected to include the flexibility to be adjusted based on the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.