The NBA will only allow player guests onto the Disney campus if they have an established relationship with the player, according to a memo sent to teams on Wednesday.
The league acknowledged in its health and safety protocols that teams would receive up to 17 guest rooms for players’ families and friends following the first round of the playoffs.
The memo details a strict policy aimed at protecting the bubble environment and preventing COVID-19 outbreaks at the NBA’s Disney campus near Orlando, Florida.
Only family members and longstanding personal friends are allowed on the NBA campus and not “any individual the player has not previously met in person or with whom the player has limited in-person interactions.”
Each player can have up to four guests per room, and players will be allowed to invite one guest and a young child (32 inches or shorter) to watch games in person.
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Acquaintances such as agents, business managers, personal chefs, trainers and tattoo artists will not be allowed to join the campus as guests.
Players must submit names to the league, and guests must provide medical and pre-travel clearance documents.
Guests will also be required to quarantine either at home for at least three days and then four days on campus if they arrive via private plane, such as charter, through the team’s home market on Aug. 29 or Aug. 31. If they use personal means to travel, guests will have to arrive on Aug. 24 and quarantine for seven days.
During quarantine, guests are subject to daily COVID-19 testing and must be free of symptoms and have no positive tests before they are released from quarantine. All guests are required to stay on campus, and if they leave, they will not be permitted to return.
Guests must also adhere to health and safety protocols, such as social distancing and mask-wearing.
Guest lists, which must be submitted by Monday, are final and no substitutions can be made as a team advances.