NFL sets plan to have teams ready to open facilities by May 15

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The NFL has laid out a plan for all 32 teams to have their facilities prepared to be reopened by Friday, May 15.

Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all teams Wednesday informing them of the protocols put in place to have their complexes ready to open. He said he will then advise them as to when they can formally allow personnel to enter.

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"The protocols are intended to allow for a safe and phased reopening," Goodell said in the memo.

The first phase allows 50 percent of non-player personnel to be permitted into the facility, as well as players who are continuing rehab and therapy that they began before facilities were ordered closed in late March.

''While these protocols have been carefully developed and reflect best practices,'' Goodell wrote, ''they can also be adapted and supplemented to ensure compliance with any state and local public health requirements.''

The second phase, which Goodell wrote is actively being worked on, involves increasing the number of staff members and players. He said he expects to have those procedures in place soon.

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