The Warriors expect that any unvaccinated player will not be allowed to participate in the team’s home game at the Chase Center this fall.
Track and field team Shams Chalanya reported on Wednesday Participants in local markets that have vaccine authorizations, such as San Francisco and New York City, will be bound by these requirements.
San Francisco’s regulations came into effect on August 20, requiring children 12 years and older to participate in any indoor activity with 1,000 or more participants to provide proof of vaccination. The Department of Public Health seems to plan to treat Warriors players and staff like fans when it comes to this request. Employees covered by the requirement must be vaccinated by October 13th.
Warriors spokesperson Raymond Reid pointed out via email that this requirement will apply to games, not training, because training is far below the threshold of 1,000 participants. The Warriors’ first preseason home game after the deadline is October 15th against the Trail Blazers, and their regular-season home opener is scheduled for October 21st against the Clippers.
He also said that the organization plans to monitor the situation as the date approaches.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps reported that the NBA has notified the Warriors, Knicks and Nets that their local regulations require their players to be vaccinated.
A spokesperson for the San Francisco Department of Public Health wrote in response to an email requesting confirmation of the Warriors’ compliance with this regulation: “In San Francisco, customers and employees in large indoor venues need to provide vaccination certificates; Participants who are over 12 years old in the event.”
The Warriors may be considered employees subject to the department’s vaccine requirements.
The Knicks and Nets will be subject to the authorization of the New York team, which specifically stipulates exemptions for visiting players. Chalanya reported that San Francisco’s request would also allow visiting players who have not been vaccinated to participate in the game, but the public health department has not confirmed this information.
In the news about the mission released on August 12, the office of the mayor of San Francisco London Breed pointed out that there may be some exemptions under state and federal laws.
The Warriors did not disclose which of their players were vaccinated and which did not. As early as March, Andrew Wiggins told reporters that he decided not to vaccinate.
Kent Bazemore (Kent Bazemore) also expressed his hesitation about the vaccine when he was with the Warriors last year. He signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in this offseason.