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NFL tightens COVID-19 protocols

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the NFL schedule. The league is now putting tougher guidelines in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2020, file photo, Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) warms up before an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Orchard Park, N.Y. At 32, the Buffalo Bills defensive end might no longer be the angry young man of his youth, when his various on-field eruptions would intimidate opponents and teammates alike, and undisciplined personal fouls aggravate coaches. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen, File)

NEW YORK — The NFL is placing all teams in intensive protocol starting Saturday to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 as the number of cases rises around the country. 

Use of masks will be mandatory at all times at team facilities, including during practice and in weight rooms. Meetings must be held either virtually or in the largest indoor space with approval by the league. 

Meals have to be made available for grab-and-go to avoid players and staff congregating in cafeterias. 

Time spent in the locker room also has to be limited.