Today is the day that Kansas City Chiefs are allowed to return to work at Arrowhead.
As safety measures are slowly pulled back in the wake of the global pandemic around COVID-19, the National Football League has announced that coaches can return to work at team facilities on Friday for the first time since the league shut down operations earlier this spring.
NFL reporter Ian Rapoport has word that the NFL is allowing coaches to return to work provided that local health and governmental authorities have given the green light as well. It will be the first time that any team has been able to meet together in person since the United States started to response en masse to the spread of the coronavirus.
This offseason has proceeded as normal as possible for the NFL including an NFL Draft weekend that went off without a hitch despite sticking to its originally planned date and the shift to an all-digital event. Free agency opened up before that and the league has to be happy with the way that everyone involved has adjusted to new measures. Some coaches have even praised the extra time at home and the personal attention that teleconference meetings allow them to have with their players.
It’s unknown whether or not Andy Reid and the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs staff will return to Arrowhead Stadium on Friday or not. Some coaches might remain at home for some time if they believe it’s the best way forward. Coaches who are working at Arrowhead must be tested for COVID-19 and, according to Rapoport, they will count as one of the allowed 100 employees on site. Before coaches could report, the limit set by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was 75.
Will Reid enter the building on Friday? Are Chiefs coaches free to choose? Is it required of everyone or no one at all? It will be interesting to see whether or not the team takes advantage of this opening and when players might also be able to report as well.