The NBA and NBPA have reached a deal to ease health and safety protocols for players who have been vaccinated. There have also been changes in the guidelines for teams where 85% of players and staff have received the vaccination. The NBA considers a person to be fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

According to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, vaccinated people will no longer be required to self-quarantine due to exposure to the coronavirus. In addition, they will also be able to have up to four guests on the road without prior testing and allowed to go to outdoor restaurants.

For teams that achieve 85% vaccination for players and staff, they will no longer be required to wear masks at team training facilities and they will have more flexibility to leave the hotel when they are on the road. route, including eating inside and out at restaurants. .

It is currently unknown how many players and staff received a vaccine, although it was reported that a few New Orleans Pelicans players with pre-existing conditions received their first vaccine after the Louisiana governor. expanded vaccine eligibility. Either way, we’re probably still a long way from any team that has 85% of players and staff vaccinated.