The NBA has made a recent announcement to its 30 teams that they’d be implementing, enhanced and enforced rules for face masks regarding players and coaches during games. Those who fail to comply with the new rules are subject to penalties, reports NBA insider, Shams Charania.
Monday, the franchise had to postpone the game between the Denver Nuggets and the Detroit Pistons, due to a possibility of contact being made with an infected person, on the Pistons side. Reportedly, since the start of the season there has been a total of 23 postponed games.
In an effort to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus amongst players, coaches and staff, the franchise has now required that KN95 or KF94 masks be worn in required areas. Players do not have to wear a mask on the court or the provided “cool down” area, but once they return to the bench they are required to wear one.
As the franchise works to tighten up safety protocols, they have limited on-court interactions pre/post game. Players and staff have also been told no guests are allowed in hotels rooms while traveling, says Tim Bontemps of ESPN. Before any new rules are made mandatory, the NBA will supply all teams with face masks.
Games that were postponed are now being rescheduled. Sources say, the NBA will “focus on the teams with the most postponed games to date.” The Washington Wizards and the Memphis Grizzlies both have six postponed games.