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ESPN has obtained a memo from the NBA that proposes stringent protocols for the upcoming season for players who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

The memo states that unvaccinated players "will have lockers as far away as possible from their vaccinated teammates and will have to eat, fly, and ride buses in different sections." Unvaccinated players will also be subject to testing on practice days as well as game days and could be potentially be checked twice ahead of games. Other bullet points, as mentioned above, regarding the limited contact unvaccinated players can have with their inoculated teammates.

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The protocols are not finalized and are subject to ongoing talks. However, the proposed safety measures fall in line with steps the NBA has taken in the offseason to stop the spread of COVID. The league informed teams just this last week that all coaches and staff who come within 15 feet of players and referees are required to be fully vaccinated.

Additionally, certain markets will have their own strict safety protocols in place for teams and fans for the upcoming season.

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