Albuquerque Journal

QUICK HITS NBA won’t test vaccinated often


LOS ANGELES — The NBA has told teams that a return to normal, at least in a relative sense, is possible provided players have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a memo sent to teams Thursday and reviewed by The Los Angeles Times, the league provided plans for what the upcoming season would look like under updated health and safety protocols with the bulk of the passages dedicated to players who are unvaccinat­ed.

Those who aren’t fully vaccinated would be required to undergo daily testing and would be forced into quarantine if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Vaccinated players would be subject to limited testing and no mandatory quarantine.

Unvaccinat­ed players would have to sit apart from others during team meetings, travel and meals. They also would be subject to mask requiremen­ts and have separate seating in locker rooms, keeping them as distanced from the rest of the team as possible.

For players who have been fully vaccinated, most aspects of profession­al life would revert back to prepandemi­c rules.

The protocols are not official. Talks with the players’ union are ongoing.

The NBA previously told teams that all coaches and staff members, plus gamenight staff working within 15 feet of players, must be fully vaccinated.

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