CFL lifts some restrictions for fully-vaccinated players, coaches

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The Canadian Football League has lifted a number of health restrictions for fully-vaccinated players and coaches, according to TSN’s Dave Naylor.

Effective today, @CFL has new protocol for fully vaccinated players and coaches, allowing such things as no mask outdoors, some outdoor and indoor social activities including restaurants — with other fully vaccinated teammates, friends, family.

For teams that have 85% of players/coaches fully vaccinated, no masks outdoors. Teams will allow unvaccinated and vaccinated personnel to eat together at private hotel banquet room on the road. No team was at 85% as of Friday.

Unlike the NFL, the CFL’s initial health and safety protocols for the 2021 season did not differentiate between individuals who were vaccinated versus individuals who were unvaccinated.

The CFL and CFLPA engaged in discussions to loosen protocol when players arrived in Canada for training camp. A number of players who have decided to retire or not play in 2021 have cited the current restrictions as a factor in their decision.

Claire Hanna of CTV Regina reported last month that players and coaches will not be permitted to socialize with anyone outside of their household until August 15 at the earliest. On road trips, players will not be allowed to visit restaurants or bars and will be permitted only to travel on team-arranged transportation.

A full list of the restrictions originally facing players and coaches was obtained by 3DownNation and can be found here.