NBA Rumors: League Implements New COVID-19 Rules On Sidelines, At Games

Here's what will change


January 4, 2021

The NBA reportedly is tightening its COVID-19 health and safety protocols a bit as cases of the virus continue to soar across the United States.

Most of the reported changes will occur in game settings, too.

As of Tuesday, players dressing for games will be required to wear face masks until they enter the game, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. This will reset at halftime.

Tier 1 and 2 players, coaches and staff members must wear masks when outside team settings and indoors, as well. Once players leave the court, they will be “strongly recommended” to wear a mask in the bench area, per Charania.

Inactive players reportedly must wear a mask the entire game.

Numerous teams have been forced to rule out players this season due to the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols. The NBA already postponed one game when the Houston Rockets failed to meet roster requirements for the same reason.

Sounds like we’ll see lots more masks on the sidelines from now on.

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