NBA Releases Health & Safety Protocols For 2022-23 Season
Aug 30, 2022, 3:28 PM
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The NBA released its Health & Safety guidelines for the 2022-23 season on Tuesday morning as training camps for all 30 teams will open up in the coming weeks.
According to a release that was issued by the NBA, unvaccinated NBA players and team personnel must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing this season, though there will be certain exceptions to that mandate, such as when the unvaccinated person is considered to have been “recently recovered” from COVID-19.
For players and staff that are vaccinated against COVID-19, testing will not be required except when “directed by their team physician or a league physician or government authority.”
Face masks also will not be required, though they will be recommended for use indoors in markets where coronavirus levels are classified by government officials as high, the league said in its release.
“It looks like we’ll be on our normal track in terms of when the season starts, in terms of our protocols around the game, particularly around the health and safety of our players,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said at the league’s Board of Governors meeting during NBA Summer League play in July. “I have learned over the last two and a half years not to make any predictions when it comes to COVID, but only to say we’ll be prepared for anything that comes our way.”
NBA training camps will begin in late September, with the preseason beginning on September 30th when the reigning champion Golden State Warriors face the Washington Wizards in Japan.