NBA gamers will be unable to journey to Canada to play the Toronto Raptors this season with no main course of a COVID-19 vaccine or a medical exemption, the league introduced in a memo obtained by The Athletic. Teams should listing gamers who don’t meet this requirement set by the Canadian authorities as “Out due to Health and Safety Protocols” and can see a discount in pay.
News of the memo was first reported by Bleacher Report.
These guidelines went into impact midway through the 2021-22 season and didn’t enable unvaccinated gamers — together with Nets star guard Kyrie Irving — to play the Raptors on the street. The United States has the same coverage for these coming into the nation from exterior the U.S.
“The Canadian government generally requires all individuals entering Canada to have completed the primary course of an accepted vaccine for COVID-19, including any applicable waiting period following the final dose of such course,” the memo learn. “Thus, any participant who doesn’t meet this requirement and doesn’t have a sound, documented medical contraindication to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine stays unable to enter Canada to play video games in Toronto.
“Absent an approved bona fide medical or religious exemption to vaccination (the determination of which will be made by the league office), any player who is not up to date on COVID-19 vaccination and fails to provide services called for under his Player Contract as a result of his failure to comply with a government order, including the Canadian and U.S. requirements above, will not be considered to have a proper and reasonable cause or excuse for failing to provide such services and shall be subject to a reduction of his Compensation by the NBA or his team.”