NBA 2020-21: NBA’s Directive to NBA teams, ‘follow these protocols for fans entry in the stadiums’

NBA 2020-21: After the NBA and NBPA decided on a pre-Christmas start, they also declared that they had plans to allow 25-50% fans in the stadiums. With masks and Social Distancing protocols in effect, it is being planned to allow the fans under statewide regulations.

With appropriate protocols in terms of distancing and advanced testing, you will be able to bring fans back into arenas. It’s certainly our goal. But it’s dependent on some additional advancements. Rapid testing may be the key here.” said Adam Silver.

The LA Lakers, however, have decided to not allow fans in their arena for the entire 2020-21 season.

Protocols for fans entry in the stadiums:

  • People within 30 feet of the court to register a negative coronavirus test two days prior to the game or rapid test on the day of the game.
  • All fans are required to wear masks (above the age of 2), socially distance, undergo symptom surveys.
  • Food and beverage are not allowed for those within 30 feet of the court.
  • Teams would have the option to install plexiglass behind benches.
For arena suites at 25% capacity or less, testing would not be required for fans. Teams would be permitted for allowing 50% fans if all fans were tested.
Also if the local county’s positivity rate is three percent or below and the seven-day average of new cases per 100K residents is 10 or fewer.
Allowing fans will bring back sponsors and increase the Basketball Related Income for the league as well as the franchises. NBA is already saving $500 million by starting the season in December rather than in January.