NBA enforcing no handshakes, hugs policy

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Beginning tonight, NBA teams’ security will be stationed at half-court for compliance of rules regarding pre- and post-game interactions, according to Shams Charania.

The NBA and NBPA recently implemented several new COVID-19 protocols, some of them put in place to lessen the possibility of on-court transmission.

One of them included interactions on game days, where players must limit those interactions to elbow or fist bumps, avoid extended socializing and maintain six feet of distance as much as possible.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski:

After witnessing some opposing players disregarding new league rules against unnecessary contact on game nights, the NBA is moving team security into the midcourt area to dissuade violations that include hugging and handshakes, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN on Wednesday.

The NBA issued the memo to re-enforce the rules that require teams to stay on their respective half of the court in pregame and halftime warm-ups.

Along with no handshakes or hugs, extended postgame conversations aren’t allowed.