By: Kelton Brooks
Unvaccinated New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors players would have to miss home games in the 2021-2022 season due to local COVID-19 restrictions.
the players on the respective franchises will not play in their home arenas unless they have a valid religious or medical exemption, According to a memo sent out by the NBA.
However, the unvaccinated policy will not apply to visiting players.
Local governments in New York, San Francisco and Brooklyn, beginning on Sept. 13 and Oct. 13, said any unvaccinated person over the age of 12 wouldn’t be allowed to enter “certain covered premises” inside their respective cities. Covered premises would include the Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden and the Chase Center, home of the Knicks, Warriors and Nets, respectively.
These guidelines also include any other indoor gym or fitness setting unless there is an approved medical or religious exemption.
The is no current mandated COVID-19 vaccine policy for players; however, the NBA has set an Oct. 1 deadline for team personnel to be fully vaccinated.
The mandate applies to all personnel who will work near the court, including broadcasters, scoreboard operators, photographers and security personnel. The mandate also extends to back-of-house operations, including locker room attendants, medical staff, equipment managers and food and beverage handlers and providers.
The NBA memo also states fans ages 2 and older who are within 15 feet of players—courtside seats, locker rooms, the back of the bench or scorer’s table — are required to either be fully vaccinated or return a negative test result before the game.
“Just buy into this because it’s going to work for all of us, is going to make us all safer,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in August.