The NBA will now allow team staff to bring a limited number of guests to the Orlando bubble, starting with the conference finals, after facing criticism from the coaching ranks last week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who cited a league memo.

The staff’s guests must quarantine upon arrival at the campus like all of the bubble’s inhabitants. Teams are allowed to invite 10 staff guests on the Disney World campus, according to Wojnarowski.

Families and guests need to quarantine for seven days off-site or three days within the team’s market before taking a charter flight to Orlando. Also, another four additional days on the Disney campus. Infection control in the bubble environment includes restricting family members to move outside the campus and go to theme parks. 

Last week, Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone called the NBA’s previous decision to restrict guests for team staff in the bubble “criminal in nature,” noting that players and even game officials were able to have family members join them after the pool of active teams had winnowed down.

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has also been supportive of revised guidelines regarding staff family guests, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

In contrast, Toronto Raptors bench boss Nick Nurse wasn’t too put off by the league’s initial regulation.

“Even though it looks like a really good setup for the families and kids, as I roam around a little bit and actually talk to some of them and they say they’re having a good week, I didn’t really feel it would be a great place to bring my family or kids,” Nurse said.

With the case of NBA restart, the team, coaches, players, and league staff who will stay on the Disney campus should follow strict health and safety protocols set by the league. Everyone should follow wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand hygiene (proper handwashing or alcohol hand disinfection), and COVID-19 testing for everyone’s safety against the coronavirus.

While there are restrictions set in place in the conference finals, NBA fans can still enjoy watching games online. Luckily, the online world makes it possible for every NBA fan to still enjoy learning about NBA, such as taking an online NBA trivia quiz.

NBA fans, families, and guests surely miss the pre-COVID times wherein there were no restrictions. While there are still some areas of uncertainty, the sports world is trying to cope with the new normal. With the initial steps, NBA admissions and events are gradually taking place.

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