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NBA reveals guidelines for teams during coronavirus suspension

Here are the rules and standards that the Lakers, their players and the rest of the NBA will be held to during the coronavirus suspension.

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After a call in which the apparent conclusion was that the NBA will not resume play for at least 30 days as the United States tries to slow the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, the league informed the Los Angeles Lakers and the rest of its teams of what the guidelines are for them during the suspension in play, according to multiple reports:

This is where I should mention that I’m not a doctor or an infectious disease expert, but that with that noted, all of these moves appear (on their surface) to make sense. Most have recommended social distancing as the best strategy in the face of this pandemic, so the earlier indications that practices would be allowed turning out to not be true lines up, logically.

It also is good for the players that they’re going to get close attention from their respective teams’ medical staff, as at the very least it may allow them to catch any illnesses early on and treat them as effectively as possible.

And with no firm date on when the NBA is going to resume play, it’s also not surprising that the league wants to make sure players stay in town so that they’re ready to go when games start back up. This will essentially just be an opportunity for these players to get a rare midseason rest to recover from any injuries they do have, even if its not coming amidst the most ideal conditions.

As a reminder for those of us that won’t have a medical staff checking in with us on a day-to-day basis, the CDC is asking people to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For more information on the coronavirus, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus, and for all of our coverage of how this all affects the Lakers and the NBA, go to this page.

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