NBA COVID-19 Protocol Prohibits Players From Going To Bars And Clubs

CHINA - 2020/03/22: In this photo illustration the American National Basketball Association (NBA) men's professional basketball league logo seen displayed on a smartphone with a computer model of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the background. (Photo by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

NBA COVID-19 Protocol Prohibits Players From Going To Bars And Clubs

The new season begins December 22.

Published December 7th

Written by BET Staff

The  2020-2021 NBA season is scheduled to begin on December 22. So the NBA is taking precautions to prevent coronavirus outbreaks.

According to CNN, NBA players and staff will not be allowed to visit bars or clubs during the season. 

In addition, a memo read stated, “While at home, players, coaches and staff who work closely with them will not be allowed to enter bars, clubs, live entertainment venues, public gyms, spas or indoor gatherings of 15 or more people.” 

If a vaccine becomes available, the NBA will decide at a later date if they will make the vaccine a requirement. 

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Players could be subjected to fines or game forfeiture if these rules are broken. Last season, games were held at the NBA bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. No one tested positive for the coronavirus and there was even a hotline to report violations.

CNN also reports players are being tested in preparation for the new season. Reportedly, 48 out of 546 unidentified players tested positive for COVID-19.

For the latest on the coronavirus, check out BET’s blog on the virus, and contact your local health department or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

(Photo Illustration by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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