The NBA is playing in home markets for the 2020-21 season. However, it’s also not willing to let players be reckless once they’re off the court given the coronavirus pandemic.
Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report compiled a list of tweets that Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania and Tim Bontemps wrote last Friday on some of the protocols that the league will implement. They include:
- Players are not allowed to go to night clubs or most indoor restaurants in jurisdictions where it is allowed. They will be allowed to eat outdoors when dining at restaurants or in private dining rooms at designated restaurants.
- Household members of players will be tested twice a week for the coronavirus.
- Team practice facilities are subject to inspection at any time to ensure compliance with protocols.
- Players and teams that are recklessly breaking the rules are subject to fines, game forfeitures and/or suspensions.
Given that the pandemic is worsening in the United States with no end in sight throughout the winter, it’s unlikely that most big cities will have open night clubs anyway. In fact, most of California is under a stay-at-home order that just started last night.
Locally, the Washington, D.C. area (The District, Maryland and Virginia) has seen record numbers of cases, so stay safe everyone.