More on the NFL welcoming back coaches: The league anticipates only the #49ers not be able to get to their facility tomorrow. The team is aware and supportive of the plan and has been in communication with its local authorities to obtain all necessary permissions when available.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 4, 2020
The NFL initially said, “no teams will assemble until all teams can assemble.” That went out of the window. It’s not as if other teams have an advantage on the San Francisco 49ers since players will not be reporting anytime soon. The league says “the team is aware and supportive of this plan and has been in communication with its local authorities to obtain all necessary permissions when available.”
The NFL sent out a memo to teams advising that on June 5, coaching staffs may be among the employees returning to each team’s facilities. Here is the entire memo:
As has been emphasized in previous advice on reopening facilities, this may occur if your club has otherwise received necessary permission from state and local governments to reopen its facility.
As stated in my memo of May 28, members of the coaching staff will count toward the maximum number of permissible club employees in the facility. Beginning tomorrow, clubs may increase the number of employees in the facility to a total of 100, subject again to state and local regulation and implementation of protocols developed under the leadership of Dr. Sills.
Coaches and other football staff, particularly those who may be in a higher risk category or who have concerns about their own health conditions, are expected to speak with the club medical staff or personal physician about any special precautions or other accommodations that may be appropriate for their particular circumstances. In addition, we will work with club medical staffs to implement a program of Covid-19 testing for the coaching staff and other football personnel prior to players returning to club facilities.
While coaches are allowed to get back to work at their team’s facilities, the players are not expected to return to team facilities until training camp, which is typically the last week of July. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported due to players not being able to return until training camp, which means there will be no normal OTAs this year.
The NFL is still deciding when training camp will begin as well:
Most teams already have reopened their facilities on a limited basis for essential employees amid the coronavirus pandemic, but healthy players still are not allowed to return.
Discussions about when to allow players to return are ongoing, sources said, and neither the NFL nor any teams have announced official dates for when training camp will begin.
These are baby steps, but still a step in the right direction.