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Report: NBA sends out memo to teams outlining protocol for fans in arenas

The League is going to attempt to have some fans in the stands when basketball is back in December.

An empty concourse in the Barclays Center for the Atlantic 10 Mens Basketball Tournament on March 12, 2020, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Some details about how teams will approach fans in the arenas was reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Fans attending games who will be within 30 feet of the court will be required to post a negative Covid-19 test at least two days prior to games or a negative rapid test the day of. All fans above the age of 2 are required to wear masks, socially distance and undergo symptom surveys, per Shams.

As for the team suites, those at 25 percent capacity won’t require testing. In order for team suites to allow 50 percent capacity, the infection rate in those counties needs to be 3 percent or less while the seven-day average of positive tests per 100,000 people needs to be 10,000 or less. The NBA had announced that it is seeking to have 25-50 percent capacity in team suites for the upcoming season.

The NBA season is scheduled to begin on Dec. 22 with opening night before Christmas Day. The 2020 NBA Draft will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18 while free agency begins on Nov. 20 with players being able to sign contracts on Nov. 22. Training camp will begin on Dec. 1 with preseason games expected before the season.