Steelers & Ravens Might Be Wearing Masks On Field Due To Pennsylvania Mandate
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
The Steelers and Ravens might be wearing masks on the field on Thanksgiving due to the state of Pennsylvania's mask mandate. Per ABC 27...

The Pittsburgh Steelers have not been granted an exemption by the Department of Health to the mask mandate requiring athletes to wear face coverings during competition. The order requires athletes, coaches and spectators at all levels to wear masks “including while actively engaged in workouts, competition, and on the sidelines.”

According to Governor Tom Wolf’s spokesperson, Lyndsay Kensinger, the Steelers “were not granted an exemption.” She also reiterated that this was not an order from the Governor, but from the Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.

This contradicts a statement on Wednesday from Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten.

“We have received guidance from the Governor’s Office that our players are exempt from wearing masks during an NFL game,” Lauten said. “All other personnel working at an NFL game are required to wear masks. In addition, we will continue to enforce our protocols that require all fans entering Heinz Field to wear a mask.”

The Frequently Asked Questions for the mandate, as it relates to sports, states “coaches, athletes (including cheerleaders), and spectators must wear face coverings if they cannot maintain sustained physical distance from persons outside of their household. This includes while actively engaged in workouts, competition, and on the sidelines, in the dugout, etc. If sustained six-foot distancing can be maintained, face coverings may be removed when outdoors.”

The guidance continues to say that everyone must wear a face covering “unless they fall under an exception in Section 3 of the Order.”

According to a statement from the Governor’s Office, Section 3 “provides an exception that allows an individual to remove their mask if wearing a face covering would either cause a medical condition, or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition or a disability. The Order indicates all alternatives to wearing a face covering, including the use of a face shield, should be exhausted before an individual is excepted from this Order.”

According to an article from Trib Live, Steelers Lauten clarified that the exemption wasn’t specific to the Steelers organization, but that the players would fall under the Section 3 exemption. The Steelers believe Section 3 would exempt athletes from wearing masks due to “respiratory issues that impede breathing” during athletics.

The Steelers are away Sunday, November 22 against the Jaguars. Pittsburgh’s next home game is Thanksgiving Day against the Ravens.

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SSpaniel43 months
What if they... simply don't wear them while playing?
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Doug Masters43 months
Would. Not Play.
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Yeti_Chaser43 months
The government is about to outkick their coverage here. They've gotten minimal resistance from the common folk so far. Now they're going to start poking our nation's multimillionaires
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atltiger648743 months
absolutely absurd. The Covid panic by the authorities is just off the charts, even though the survival rate for healthy people under 70 years old is >99.5%. There's more risk to most of us in driving in our cars, but no one is shutting down the roads. I've had enough of the overreach.
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Jay Are43 months
That's an interesting statistic. 65 people in my state died from covid last week, which, as I'm sure you can guess, is a frickton more than traffic-related deaths last week. This is so cute it will look fake: 1.46% of covid cases in CO have died; 1.46 people per BILLION miles of vehicle travel die per year here. That's not easily written as a percent, but it does show that your use of statistics sucks. I'm sick of shutdown also, but you likely don't live in Pennsylvania and you definitely don't play in the NFL, so you'll be fine.
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seventhtry43 months
I think you meant 1.46 per million miles, Mr. Math. And of what relevance is a per mile death rate? Are you comparing it to per minutes lived? Of the 65 who died last week, how many were excess deaths? Also, how many kids have died from Covid? Look at the number who die and/or are seriously injured in car crashes annually. As for Covid, if you are not over 70 or co-morbid, you'll be fine as well.
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Epaminondas43 months
Order from the Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. Have you seen this thing? We live in a really messed up society. We are ruled by severely mentally ill people who we have to pretend to take seriously.
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LSU-MNCBABY43 months
For fricks sake
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9Fiddy43 months
Just fricking play with the rules the NFL has in place. Let’s just see if the local and state government have the balls to come in on live TV and execute a raid over some masks. I bet they don’t.
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HSCoach229843 months
“Some form of face covering” The facemask attached to the helmet should suffice then
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