As events come back online and as destinations,

Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts is sacked by Washington’s Montez Sweat during a game on January 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. As events come back online and as destinations, venues and event organizers determine capacity limits for fans along with health and safety protocols for their events, here is a look at where things stand.

If not, you better start preparing. Because believe it or not, NFL training camps will be starting within the next two weeks — July 27 to be exact, with two teams allowed to start six days earlier — and with that comes two weeks of constant reporting and attention paid to one thing: Team vaccination rates.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday, that there were seven teams at or over the 85 percent mark and that four of the teams are Pittsburgh, Miami, Carolina and Denver. It also said that Washington, Indianapolis, Arizona and the Los Angeles Chargers are the only four teams under 50 percent. The AP also reported that the NFL doesn’t plan to cancel any games this season.

The NFL Networks’ Tom Pelissero said on Friday afternoon that the number of teams at the threshold had increased to 13 with only two teams under 50 percent. He said 73.8 percent of the league’s players have at least one shot.

July 27 to start training camps is 47 days prior to Sunday of Week 1 of the regular season, as allowed by the collective bargaining agreement. The league told teams to plan for fan events and league-wide practices on July 31 after a 2020 in which training camps were closed off not only to fans, but just about anyone outside of players, coaches and essential staffers to try and keep COVID-19 from breaking out among teams.

The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers are eligible to report as early as July 21 since they play the Hall of Fame Game on August 5. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can report as early as July 24 due to them playing in the regular-season opener on September 9 against Dallas. Every team has been given approval to have their stadiums open 100 percent when the regular season starts.

The NFL and NFLPA agreed to updated COVID-19 protocols for training camp and the preseason in June. Fully vaccinated players are given vastly different freedoms than their non-vaccinated teammates, including not having to wear masks or undergo daily testing. Players not fully vaccinated will have a daily COVID-19 test, wear masks, continue social distancing and will not be allowed to leave the team hotel when on the road.

The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to updated COVID-19 protocols for 2021 training camp and preseason, per source.

How different will life by for vaccinated and unvaccinated players? From the memo that just went to clubs:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 16, 2021

While vaccinations for players cannot be mandatory because of the CBA, the league has done all but require coaches and staffers from the 32 teams to get vaccinated. Those who are classified as Tier 1 or Tier 2 employees of teams must be vaccinated or they cannot interact with players. Pelissero reported in early June that assistant coaches from at least four teams at that point had refused to get vaccinated; the NFL allows unvaccinated individuals to maintain Tier 1 or Tier 2 status if they provide a valid medical or religious reason.

In a memo sent to clubs last week and obtained by the AP, the NFL and NFLPA will allow teams traveling to joint practices to have their daily maximum of Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuas to either 100 or 140, depending on the club’s vaccination percentage. Every team by the start of training camp will be required to develop a method to visually identify fully vaccinated Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals.,48311329.html

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