As some states and municipalities begin loosening restrictions on personal movement, NBA players reportedly also will be allowed to return to their team training facilities for voluntary, individual workouts as soon as Friday — if their local governments do not have a stay-at-home order prohibiting such movement still, ESPN reported Saturday.
In Los Angeles County, the “safer at home” health order established to help slow the spread of the disease caused by the coronavirus is set to remain in place through May 15.
In such markets with such stay-at-home-orders remaining in place, the NBA reportedly is telling teams that it will work with them to help find alternative arrangements for their players in an effort to allow them to train in a professional, safe environment.
“This is very tricky,” Lakers forward Jared Dudley tweeted. “If this stay home order goes to June and some teams have a month access over others at their practice facility …” He added an anguished face emoji and a facepalm emoji to finish his point.
Officials on Saturday reported that L.A. County’s death toll doubled in a week to 895. With 607 newly identified cases of COVID-19 in the past day, the total tally in the county stands at 19,107 since the public health crisis began.
The NBA suspended its season March 11 and ordered teams to close their facilities eight days later, citing advice from health experts regarding how to promote individual and public health while minimizing the spread of the virus.
The NBA’s reported decision to re-open facilities is not an indication of a timetable for a resumption of the season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said several times since the league’s hiatus began that there won’t be a decision about when or if to resume play until sometime in May — at the earliest.
Because many players have left the markets where their teams play during the shutdown, it was expected that organizations with open facilities could let opposing players living locally use their gym on a limited basis, according to ESPN.
Teams reportedly will remain prohibited from holding group workout or organization team activities.
This is very tricky… if this stay home order goes to June and some teams have a month access over others at their practice facility https://t.co/YCNOLfDQ5Z
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) April 26, 2020
As Georgia moves toward opening certain businesses — including gymasiums — some players were asking their teams if they should consider traveling there to find a way to play. Organizations wants players in safe/clean team environments, not a fitness center in suburban Atlanta.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 25, 2020