Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder looks on from the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Detroit. The NBA is putting heavier safety protocols in line for a few weeks as more games are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. | Carlos Osorio, Associated Press
As the number of games and teams affected by COVID-19 continues to increase, the NBA and its players association agreed on Tuesday to more measures in their health and safety protocols.
Here are the main points:
For at least the next two weeks, players and team staff are required to remain at their residences at all times when in their home markets with a few exceptions. They can leave for team-related activities, exercise, to perform “essential activities” or “as a result of extraordinary circumstances.” They may only interact with household members, family and personal staff who are regularly in their home.
When on the road, players and team staff must remain in their hotels except for team activities and emergencies and may not interact with non-team guests at the hotel.
For at least the next two weeks, pregame meetings in the locker room can only be 10 minutes long and all present must wear masks. All other meetings must occur in places that allow for at least 6 feet of distance between people.
Seating arrangements on team planes and on benches during games must be the same so there is less interaction between different people.
Treatments such as massages must take place in places where there can be at least 12 feet between stations, and masks and face shields are required for all involved.
Players may not arrive at arenas on game days more than three hours before tipoff, and they must limit postgame interactions to elbow or fist bumps and “avoid extended socializing” while maintaining 6 feet of distance “as much as possible.”
Players must wear masks while on the bench at all times, although there will be a “cool down” area separate from the main team bench where players can go when exiting games where they do not have to wear masks.
Masks must always be worn in the locker room, during strength and conditioning activities and when traveling with “anyone other than a household member.”
Coaches and other team staff must wear masks at all times during games.
Anyone who regularly visits inside the homes of players or staff “for a professional purpose” must be tested for COVID-19 twice per week, and the NBA may require more testing for players who have tested positive or staff members who may be high-risk.
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News