NBA health and safety protocols stricter on non-vaccinated players – The Athletic

The NBA informed teams of health and safety protocols for the 2021-22 season, including stricter rules for non-vaccinated players, according to the a 65-page breakdown obtained by The Athletic on Tuesday.

Restrictions on non-vaccinated players include the inability to dine indoors in the same room as another player, six feet of distance in a team meeting and distant locker locations. Any non-vaccinated player must remain at their residence while in their home city or the team hotel if traveling aside from team activities, outdoor physical activities or essential errands and emergencies.

NBA players who are vaccinated will not have regular testing, while non-fully vaccinated players must have one negative test on a practice or travel day and two on a game day.

All players, regardless of vaccination status, must pass a PCR test before traveling to Toronto this season.

All players must also wear a mask during all indoor team activities aside from on-court work, showering or actively eating or drinking, in accordance with CDC recommendations. That requirement will be removed if all players on a team are fully vaccinated and the team’s facility and stadium are in a county where COVID-19 transmission is moderate or low.

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