LAKE FOREST – There is rarely downtime in the offseason for football teams in the modern era of the NFL, so the league’s teams and players are impacted by the continued COVID-19 pandemic even though the season is months away.
The Chicago Bears, like many around the league, are taking steps to protect their personnel by making a few changes to their activities the next few weeks.
Like a number of other teams in the league, the Bears announced on Thursday that they are suspending business air travel for employees while also postponing draft prospect visits to Halas Hall.
Those are typically common in March and April as college players come to the facility for private workouts and interviews with team personnel.
At the same time, the team is having employees work remotely starting on Friday, which is a measure that’s being taken by many teams and businesses around the country.
The team also canceled their annual Draft Party for fans that was scheduled to be held on Friday, April 24th, when the team is expected to make their first selections of the draft in the second round.
While these activities have been canceled or altered, the league will still open its new league year on Wednesday, March 18th at 3 PM central time. At that point, teams can officially sign free agents.