The NBA unveiled the league’s new health and safety protocol to teams via a memo. Unvaccinated players and team staff will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 tests this season.
There will be some exceptions to this requirement, such as when the unvaccinated person has just had COVID and has recovered. But for all other players and staff, testing will not be required unless “the team doctor, league doctor or government authority requests it,” the league said.
Masks will also not be mandatory, although it is recommended that they be used indoors in markets where levels of COVID spread are considered high by government authorities.
The vast majority of NBA players and staff are vaccinated, but there are still a few exceptions who will have to comply with the tests and the different mandates of the cities where they will play. This will be particularly the case in Toronto where unvaccinated players will not be able to play.