The NBA informed its 30 teams that players, coaches and staff are not permitted to gather outside of their home for Super Bowl Sunday.
At home, individuals are able to watch with family in their household.
Teams that are on the road may host up to four family members/close friends in their hotel with advance testing, according to Shams Charania.
Health officials are worried that Super Bowl parties around the Unites States could be a COVID-19 “super spreader” if people don’t heed warnings and keep their gatherings small.
The NBA is taking the necessary steps to make sure that they don’t have any more outbreaks around the league.
There are five NBA games on Super Bowl Sunday, which all start between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. ET, meaning that they should all be done before the football game kicks off.
The five NBA games include the following:
- Washington Wizards at Charlotte Hornets
- Miami Heat at New York Knicks
- Utah Jazz at Indiana Pacers
- Boston Celtics at Phoenix Suns
- Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Clippers
The Super Bowl plan from the NBA is also designed to prevent more contact tracing scenarios where players are forced to miss multiple games once they are in those protocols.