For at least a week until May 8 at the earliest, the NBA has put back the potential reopening date of certain team practice facilities, saying the extra time was required in part to ensure player training opportunities were secure and regulated in an attempt to minimize the threats posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
And the rules should be stringent until such facilities reopen.
NBA sets the deadline
The May 8 deadline is far from definite, the NBA said, advising clubs that it “can move back this timeline if changes warrant it.” The league wanted to give clubs the option of reopening facilities as early as Friday, but it eventually concluded it required more time around the league for several reasons.
But once such trial courts are open — in all situations, city government approval will be required first. There would be no instant return to normal. A person with knowledge of the league’s plans said athletes would have to wear turtlenecks masks inside facilities and for working practice. That any staff member present would have to wear face masks and gloves. And that a minimum distance of 12 feet would be as a barrier for players and staff members working with them.
The exception in the 12-foot situation will be where the athletes are in touch with medical or physical training staff. The person talked to The Associated Press on anonymity, as the specifics were not public.
There are also more aspects of the facility-reopening procedures of the nfl, the individual said, including:
Players returning to their out-of-town home-team markets will have to quarantine before they allow them back into the building.
Until using them again, they will disinfect all athletes’ equipment in their unpaid practices, including basketballs. Players will not be able to share towels. And they will not permit teams to supply the facility of steam rooms, saunas, cold tubs, oxygen chambers or cryotherapy chambers.
Departments would have to appoint a member of staff as the “Facility Hygiene Officer” to supervise the new measures. Players would need to reach the facility on their own, without family members, acquaintances or personal protection.
Both mobile phones, keys, and other objects. They must be wash and disinfect them before entering the room.