The NBA is relaxing its policy on guests being allowed on the Orlando campus and attending games after the first round of the playoffs, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reveals.
Via guidelines established by the league and the Players’ Association, each player will be allowed to bring in four guests — and they can exceed that figure for children. Those guests can travel on team charters following coronavirus testing. Additionally, one guest per player will be allowed to attend games, though exceptions will be made for small children.
Player guests will have two options in order to satisfy COVID-19 protocols. They can quarantine in the team’s market for three days, then travel to Orlando and quarantine for four more days. Alternatively, they can travel directly to Orlando and quarantine for a week.
It’s clear that the league wants those players to limit their guest list to family members and close personal friends. Among those who will be prohibited from entering the campus are agents, trainers, massage/physical therapists, personal chefs and tattoo artists. Individuals deemed casual acquaintances will be banned as well.
Playoff teams will also be able to bring in more staffers prior to the conference semifinals. Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets those teams will be able to add two team staff members on the Disney campus on August 22.