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NBA 2020 Coronavirus Protocol

To ensure the NBA COVID-19 plans are successful, a number of protocols and rules will be implemented. The league is taking a number of health precautions ahead of the season in response to how the NBA was affected by the coronavirus that includes:

  • The NBA is planning on having daily testing for the coronavirus within the Disney campus.
  • If a player were to test positive, the NBA would remove the player from the team to quarantine and treat individually.
  • No showering at arenas; all players should shower at the hotels they’ll be staying at in Disney World Resorts.
  • Bench players will sit in spread out rows while inactive players would watch from the stands.
  • Players are not allowed to bring guests to Orlando until August 30.
  • If a player were to test positive for COVID-19, the league would remove that player, regardless of who it is, and have them quarantine.

The potential to miss a number of games is extremely possible and could change the whole dynamic of a team in a sport that is very individual heavy. Also, as if the NBA games being in empty venues isn’t a big enough change, the distance players will be partaking on the bench will certainly take getting used to as well.

Nonetheless, NBA fans will endure the changes if it means we see these teams play in the very near future. The league is also expected to have a protocol in place in the case of a positive COVID-19 test, which is as follows:

NBA protocol for positive coronavirus test result:

  • Enter immediate isolation/separate location — “Isolation Housing”
  • Retest to confirm positive.
  • Exit isolation after consecutive negative tests and return to activities