NBA teams operating in markets where it will be possible to welcome fans will be able to do so, but will have to adhere to a rigorous protocol to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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All supporters will be required to wear masks in amphitheatres, respect social distancing and complete a symptom survey, according to a memorandum sent to teams of which The Athletic site obtained a copy.
The buildings may be filled to 50% of their capacity. However, clubs hosting between 25% and 50% of fans will be required to request negative results for disease tests dated two days or less if spectators are within 30 feet (10 meters) of the field.
The privileged people located near the playing surface in these circumstances will not be allowed to bring food or drinks. In addition, teams will be allowed to install a plexiglass barrier behind the team bench.
To sell more than 25% of the tickets, certain conditions must be met. Thus, an average of 10 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants will have to be maintained in local communities during the seven days preceding the games.
The NBA and the Players’ Association reached an agreement late Monday evening to allow a 2020-2021 season to be held, which will include 72 games per club and which will begin on December 22.