Unvaccinated NBA players, staff required to test weekly for COVID-19 next season

Aug 31, 2022

NBA players and staff who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will be subject to weekly testing during the 2022-23 season.

The NBA announced the policy in a memo sent to teams on Tuesday. Per the Associated Press, the league will make exceptions for those who have "recently recovered" from an infection and "when “directed by their team physician or a league physician or government authority."

In addition, players and staff will be required to undergo testing when experiencing symptoms regardless of vaccination status. They're also required to report when someone in their household tests positive.

Most of the NBA's players are vaccinated. The league is encouraging those players to keep up-to-date with their vaccination status, which could include an anticipated booster targeting now-dominant Omicron variants that's expected to drop this fall. Facemasks are not required but will be recommended indoors and at locations classified with high positivity rates.

Source: Yahoo Sports