The NFL and the NFL Players Association have agreed to changes to the league's COVID-19 protocols, some of which are being put in place immediately.

Effective immediately, all teams will be placed in intensive COVID-19 protocols until the conclusion of Week 15. This means the re-implementation of mandatory mask wearing in team facilities, social distancing, grab-and-go meal service in team cafeterias, all-virtual meetings, limits on the number of people allowed in weight rooms and restrictions on activities outside the facility.

Also effective immediately, the league and the NFLPA will institute changes in the return-to-play COVID-19 protocols that will make it easier for players who are vaccinated and asymptomatic to return to practice and games.