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NFL will test for COVID-19 on game days, has no bubble plans

The league will begin PCR testing for COVID-19 on game days starting this week.
Credit: AP
A detail view of an NFL logo painted on the playing field before an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. Cincinnati won 30-0. (AP Photo/David Richard)

NEW YORK STATE, USA — The NFL has no plans to move into a bubble as it takes several new steps to combat the spread of the coronavirus. 

The league will begin PCR testing for COVID-19 on game days starting this week, use of masks in walkthroughs are now mandatory and only play-callers will be permitted to wear face shields in lieu of masks or gaiters on the sideline. 

The updated protocols sent to teams Monday night also require anyone identified as a "high risk" close contact to be isolated and not permitted to return to the team's facility for at least five days.