NFL teams can begin opening facilities May 19 if permitted by state, local governments

The NFL is taking one of its first offseason steps toward providing more teams more on-site access to their own work spaces amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote Friday in a memo that teams could begin reopening facilities next Tuesday "if they are permitted to do so under governing state and local regulations," among other conditions.

The edict will permit no more than 50 percent of staff, not to exceed 75 individuals, to be at a club location at any one point. The reopened facilities will not, however, be accessible to coaches. The only players who will be allowed to enter are those undergoing medical treatment or rehabilitation. 

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Goodell wrote he expected "additional staff, likely including coaching staff, will be allowed to return to club facilities in relatively short time." He added that the league is working with the NFL Players Association to develop protocols by which some players could begin to return to team facilities "as early as next month."

On Wednesday, the league announced it would extend the virtual period for offseason workout programs through May 29.

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