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Browns won’t reopen headquarters Tuesday, will continue working remotely for now

The Browns won’t open headquarters in Berea on Tuesday despite being allowed by the NFL and state.

The team is still finalizing a plan to reopen and employees will continue working remotely, a spokesman said.

The NFL ordered team facilities to close March 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the draft in April was held completely remotely. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Friday stating they could reopen Tuesday as long as state and local guidelines permitted.

Teams are allowed no more than 50 percent of their staff in the facilities, with a maximum of 75 people. Coaches and players aren’t permitted at this time.

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“This is important to ensure equity among all 32 clubs,” Goodell wrote.

Not all teams would be able to open legally Tuesday because of state and local restrictions.

Goodell wrote he expects coaches to be able to return in a “relatively short time” and the league is working with the players union and medical personnel to develop protocols so a certain number of players could be back “as early as next month.”

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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