Wizards not expected to open practice facility until 8th of June

March 3, 2020; Sacramento, California, USA; Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) celebrates with guard Bradley Beal (3) during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards were expected to re-open their practice facility on May 15, but the Mayor of the City of Washington extended the District’s stay-at-home order to June 8.

According to the Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard, the players will not return for on-court practice until the “stay-at-home” order expires.

“We’re not in a position to put up a fuss, but we have to prepare that it will be open on the 15th,” Sheppard said on Washington Post shortly before he learned the order was extended. “But if [the stay-at-home order] is not [lifted], we’ll open when it is.”

As several states continue to ease restrictions, various teams will open their facilities in order to allow players to have voluntarily individual workouts. In particular, at least 10 NBA teams are expected to have re-opened their practice grounds in the near future.

“We’re prepared for all the NBA guidelines to open up our practice facility as other places have,” Sheppard said per Washington Post. “What we’re trying to do is ensure that everybody’s safety is utmost, so limiting exposure to everybody is critical. We’re following the NBA’s directive 100 percent.”