Post- game jersey swaps will be prohibited under a range of coronavirus safety protocols set to be introduced by the NFL for the upcoming season , reports said Thursday .
USA Today reported that under the new measures put in place for the 2020 campaign , players from opposing teams would not be allowed to be within six feet of each other after the game .
The rule effectively prohibits post-game gestures such as jersey exchanges and handshakes , a measure that was greeted with scorn by some NFL players on Thursday .
“ This is a perfect example of NFL thinking in a nutshell ,” San Francisco 49 ers cornerback Richard Sherman wrote on Twitter .
“Players can go engage in a full contact game and do it safely . However , it is deemed unsafe for them to exchange jerseys after said game .”
Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson was similarly perplexed , writing simply: “That ’ s DAMN silly bro .”
Texans wide receiver Randall Cobb added simply: “This has to be a joke.”
A draft of the game -day protocols and an infectious disease emergency response plan for training camps were sent to NFL clubs on Wednesday , USA Today reported. The protocols were drawn up by the NFL and NFL Players Association .
Other measures to be put in place include strict body temperature monitoring , with no one who registers a temperature of 100 .4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher allowed into stadiums on game days .
Players and coaches would would be “encouraged ” to wear face coverings on the sideline but masks would not be mandatory .
However , game crew and medical staff would be required to don protective masks .
In a further move, home teams would be obliged to stay at hotels on the night before games and head directly to their stadium .
Team arrivals on game day would be staggered while locker and training rooms will also be regularly disinfected .