With Dec. 22 in place as the NBA season’s start date, the league is working to ensure some fans can attend games. The NBA reportedly sent a memo to its 30 teams with protocols for hosting fans if permitted under local regulations.
Fans within 30 feet of the court will be required to test negative for COVID-19, either two days prior to a game or with a rapid test the day of. For suites less than 25% full, testing wouldn’t be required. The 2019 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers will not have fans at home games until further notice.
The U.S. hit its seventh consecutive day with more than 100,000 new cases Tuesday, possibly thwarting the league’s plans. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has estimated 40% of the league’s revenue comes from fans in arenas.
NBA COVID-19 Protocols:
- Fans must wear masks, socially distance and undergo symptom surveys.
- Food and drinks are not allowed within 30 feet of the court.
- Teams can install plexiglass behind benches.