New York and New Jersey governments won't require members of the New York Giants, New York Jets, or Buffalo Bills to quarantine for two weeks upon entry into their states in late July for training camp.
While many who enter New York or New Jersey are subject to quarantine rules due to COVID-19 concerns, professional sports teams won't be asked to isolate for 14 days. However, they will need to pass coronavirus tests before beginning activities.
"We do have a carve-out for essential travel and a professional sports team would qualify for that carve-out," New Jersey governor Phil Murphy said Friday, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. "We'd probably, without having put this in stone, I'm sure we'd probably want to do one, and more than one test for the virus when they got here, or ask them to take it as they're leaving wherever their host state is."
While listed as New York teams, both the Giants and Jets play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bills are based in Western New York.
Stricter quarantine rules would have forced members of all three teams to travel to their states two weeks early. Staff from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that those arriving in New York will be met with a coronavirus test.
Said Murphy: "We - along with New York and Connecticut - have asked folks if they're coming from a hot-spot state to self-quarantine for 14 days and get tested. A 14-day quarantine doesn't work in an NFL schedule. So, at least the testing piece would have to be there, and I think if anyone is symptomatic or they've tested positive already, I'd hope they wouldn't get on the plane."
Governments are expected to work with the teams to determine how many fans - if any - will be allowed to attend games this fall.