The NBA is beginning to place new Covid-19 protocols for the new season set to start next month.
According to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps the NBA released their 134-page guide for players to stay safe from the coronavirus during the upcoming season.
Ahead of training camps opening up across the NBA next week, the league has compiled a comprehensive health and safety protocol for the 2020-21 NBA season and sent it to its teams.
The document, which was obtained by ESPN, is 134 pages long, and is similar to the one the league created to govern everything that happened inside the bubble it created at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, this summer.
This time, however, the league will be attempting to combat the coronavirus without the benefit of being inside a bubble where it was able to be successfully sealed away from the outside world.
Per the NBA's health and safety protocols for the 2020-21 season, if someone tests positive for COVID-19 there are two paths to them returning: either going at least 10 days since the first positive test or symptom onset, or having two negative PCR tests at least 24 hours apart.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) November 28, 2020
One thing the NBA is bringing back from the bubble is the infamous anonymous hotline where players can call in to report Covid-19 protocol violations.
The NBA will establish an anonymous hotline to report potential violations of safety protocols during in-market play in 2020-21 season, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. There was also a hotline for the Orlando restart.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 28, 2020
NBA fans immediately had jokes about the snitch hotline returning.
“IT WAS HIM RIGHT THERE” https://t.co/o6wDN7ftqI pic.twitter.com/zrFECW3Zz3
— 🐺 PLAYOFF BOUND (@WolvesGotNext) November 28, 2020
“Mr Silver, I saw KD Kyrie Giannis Jayson Jaylen Jimmy and Bam not wearing masks” https://t.co/UOAqqUCQBQ pic.twitter.com/38LA2kHAVU
— Jesse 🦅🔔 (@PrimetimeJesse) November 28, 2020
“Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. Yes sir those two” pic.twitter.com/7X6Nn0ZBFI
— Took 3 💍 from your King (@CosmixE24) November 28, 2020
“Kawhi was breaking protocol” pic.twitter.com/2J4Jc8izbB
— 𝐉𝐂 (𝟕-𝟑) (@JcGotNext) November 28, 2020
— Alex Ip stands with Hong Kong (@AlexIp718) November 28, 2020
NBA players on the hotline pic.twitter.com/diXOyoXOmF
— x – Mo (OG and Fultz Stan) (@KingMo_S) November 28, 2020