NFL players can be fined for church attendance under league's COVID-19 policy
NFL players could be fined, docked game checks, and lose contract guarantees for attending indoor church services that are too crowded, Pro Football Talk reported.
The rule is among restrictions agreed to between the NFL and the players union as they prepare for the 2020 season in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio writes:
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases wrote: When you're talking about public health measures, there are many, many things that we can do, ...But you can distill them down to five or six that everyone should be doing: masks, physical distancing, avoiding crowds, outdoor better than indoor, washing your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based type of sanitizer.
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For an organization that operates and performs mostly on Sunday, one might quip that the NFL doesn't want any competition. Comes with the territory until there is a gladiator revolt.
Quite frankly, though, I can see employers in general demanding that their employees refrain from crowds and non-social distanced gatherings of all types. No business can afford to be caught up in a "hot spot" or whatever they are called, negatively impacting operations and profit.
While there are questions regarding how well the virus is transmitted, how many have already been exposed, how well social distancing actually works, and how lethal the virus actually is (and some who doubt the virus' existence), few can afford to take unnecessary chances.
Professional baseball has already shown how quickly a business can find itself on the defensive and shut down thanks to a few positive cases. Don't think other business owners and managers are not watching.