National Basketball Association bans casual acquaintances, social media friends from bubble under guest policy

Ross Houston
August 14, 2020

"(For example). known by the player only through social media or an intermediary", the memo reportedly states.

The league sent a memo to teams Wednesday stating that players will be allowed to bring "established longstanding personal friends" to the campus at Walt Disney World, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Players can host no greater than 4 guests, although some exceptions are produced those with kids.

The last time the National Basketball Association reported favorable test outcomes was July 13 when 322 players were evaluated with 2 verified positives.

The league and union have been united in wanting to find ways to best preserve the elements that have made the environment workable, and still acknowledging the length of the stay for advancing teams makes the inclusion of family an important factor in the mental and emotional well-being of players.

The guest list for entering the NBA Bubble will open up to players after the first round of the Playoffs, which begins in just a few days. Guests will have the option of quarantining in a team's home market for three days and then travelling to Orlando, Fla., where they will then quarantine for an additional four days, or guests can travel directly to Orlando and quarantine for seven days.

The NBA reported zero positive COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive week on Wednesday in the latest round of testing carried out at the league's "bubble" in Orlando, Florida. As far as who can be there, each player will be allowed to bring four guests, though that appears to mean four adults as adding children means a player could invite a few more people.

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