The NBA informed its teams Tuesday night that it is finalizing an agreement with the National Basketball
Players Association on a set of health and safety protocols for the upcoming regular season, according to information in a memo obtained by ESPN.
The protocols will require unvaccinated players to be under many of the same restrictions that the entire league played under for the vast majority of last season, before the COVID-19 vaccine was available.
Vaccinated players, on the other hand, will have far fewer restrictions. For example, all fully vaccinated players, as well as Tier 1 personnel — coaches and anyone else working regularly within 15 feet of players and referees, all of whom have already been mandated to get the vaccine — will not have to undergo daily testing. The only time vaccinated players and Tier 1 personnel will have to be tested is when they are symptomatic, are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or a team medical staff member of league physician requires it.
Meanwhile, unvaccinated players must undergo daily testing prior to entering a team facility, participating in team-organized activities, or interacting with other players and Tier 1 personnel. They will also have to undergo lab-based game-day testing, as they did last season. Unvaccinated players will also have to also live under a strict set of rules similar to the ones that governed their movements last season. (ESPN)
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