NBA 2020-21: NBA’s orders for teams to prevent fines, suspensions, and loss of draft choices

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league, in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NBA 2020-21: NBA shared an additional Health and Safety guide with all the teams. It is 158 pages and states the “approved restaurants” for the players. The NBA has warned teams that protocol violations that lead to coronavirus spread impacting opposing teams and causing schedule derailments could result in “fines, suspensions, adjustment or loss of draft choices and game forfeitures,”

At home, players and staff are not allowed to enter: Bars/lounges/clubs; live entertainment/gaming venues (with limited exceptions), public gyms/spas/pool areas, or large indoor social gatherings (15 or more people), NBA tells teams in expanded Health and Safety Guide.

As companies like Moderna and Pfizer pursue a vaccine that can be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and distributed to the general public, the NBA outlined its approach to administering the vaccine.

Once the FDA approves a vaccine and specialists working with the NBA and players’ union believe it to be safe and effective, the league and union will discuss whether its coaches, players, and staff will be required to receive the vaccine.

Earlier, a 134-page document was also released by the NBA which stated that if someone tests positive for the coronavirus, all the teams will have to go through a variety of measures.

NBA 2020-21: How is this document different from the previous one?
In the NBA’s updated Health and Safety Protocol, the league also says that violations that lead to COVID-19 spread that causes schedule adjustments, or impacts other teams, could result in, “fines, suspensions, adjustment or loss of draft choices, and/or game forfeiture.”
These include reporting the positive test to local authorities, cleaning and disinfecting all the space established by the team or its arena where the person who tested positive had been since their last negative test, and setting up isolation accommodation for the person with the positive test.
The NBA has waived off all the charges from the league’s salary cap that the team might incur while setting up an isolation accommodation for the person who was tested positive.
Traveling amid the pandemic is a great challenge for teams in this new season; NBA and NBPA are searching for ways to allow some freedom, but also limit exposure to the virus. Teams will be notified of the vetting process for “approved restaurants” soon, the league says.
The NBA will also provide twice-a-week testing for household members of players and staff, the memo says. League is encouraging that to “enhance their protection throughout the season.”

NBA 2020-21: The tentative NBA schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:

 • Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games

 • Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season

 • March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break

 • March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season

 • May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament

 • May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs

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