In a memo published to the 30 teams on Tuesday, the NBA presented its health and safety guidelines for the 2022-23 season.
Although the league has eased restrictions for unvaccinated players and team personnel, they will be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing this coming season. As for vaccinated players, they will only be tested when they show symptoms of COVID-19.
Unvaccinated players and staff will be tested every week of the season, but there will be exceptions to this mandate, such as when the unvaccinated person is considered to have been “recently recovered” from the coronavirus.
Masks will not be required by the league and if anyone, vaccinated or not, tests positive for COVID-19, they will immediately be separated and placed in isolation, which was the same protocol used during the 2021-22 season.
However, these protocols that have been agreed upon by the NBA and NBPA do not necessarily hold firm when it comes to what the Canadian government says is correct for the Toronto Raptors.
Canada still has a strict national coronavirus policy that only allows vaccinated people to enter the country unless they have received a medical exemption that has been cleared in advance. Unvaccinated NBA players still can’t travel to Toronto to play against the Raptors.
Seeking to return to ‘normal’, commissioner Adam Silver and the league are confident they won’t have to reschedule or postpone games this coming year. In the past 2021-22 season, the NBA rescheduled 11 different games due to COVID-19 outbreaks within certain organizations.
In terms of cracking down on testing positive and players showing symptoms, the NBA has made it clear that all players and team personnel will be required to get tested when they show symptoms and report those symptoms to the league. Players and staff will also be required to report when a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19.
The 2022-23 NBA season is set to begin Oct. 18, with the Philadelphia 76ers on the road to take on the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors hosting the Los Angeles Lakers as they raise their banner to win the 2022 NBA Finals. and have their championship ring ceremony.