After temporarily suspending the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA and NBPA have finalized a comprehensive plan for a July 30 restart, which includes stringent health and safety protocols. The rigorous program, which addresses risks related to COVID-19 and focuses on the well-being of players, coaches, officials and staff, was developed in consultation with public health experts, infectious disease specialists and government officials.
Through NBA Together, we will continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infectious disease and public health experts to ensure that we are doing our part to support the response to this continuously evolving situation.
Below is some key information, answers to common questions, and recommendations to follow to better protect yourself and your family.
What is the coronavirus?
- Please click here for further information regarding what is currently known and understood regarding the coronavirus.
What is the current situation worldwide?
- The World Health Organization (WHO) characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11. The update to “pandemic” reflects the severity, impact, and rate of spread of the disease, with observed spread across the globe.
- COVID-19 cases have been reported in more than 200 countries/regions worldwide. For the WHO’s most recent situation report, click here.
What is the current situation in the United States and Canada?
- The CDC and Public Health Agency of Canada have reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in multiple states and communities.
- The coronavirus situation is evolving regularly. For the CDC’s most recent situation summary, click here. For the Public Health Agency of Canada’s most recent update, click here.
- For additional information, please first consult your local health department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization.
What is the NBA doing about COVID-19?
- The health and safety of the NBA players, coaches, staff and fans is paramount.
- The NBA suspended the 2019-20 season on March 11.
- The NBA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is consulting with the CDC and leading medical experts with expertise in infectious disease and public health.
- The NBA is coordinating its responses with teams, focusing on potential approaches to evaluation, testing, and quarantine of players and team staff, in addition to promoting the community mitigation and prevention strategies recommended by the CDC.
- The NBA is also focused on educating fans and promoting their health and safety.
- The NBA will continue to work with leading experts and team physicians to provide up-to-date information and guidance.
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