Unvaccinated NBA players could come to Toronto this season to play against the Raptors, but they are unlikely to roam the streets of Canada.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, NBA players have learned that unvaccinated players could face up to $ 750,000 in fines or six months in prison if they violate both NBA protocol and the law. Canadian in quarantine while in Toronto.
Sources: NBA players have been told that unvaccinated players who violate quarantine in Toronto are subject to a criminal offense. Unvaccinated players can only leave the hotel for team activities. Under Canada’s Quarantine Act, violations can result in up to 6 months in jail and / or a $ 750,000 fine.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 7, 2021
Unvaccinated NBA players will be allowed to travel to Toronto this season, but will be required to stick to the team’s hotel and arena, as well as all other team facilities. (like a training ground).
The Canadian government granted a “national interest exemption” to the NBA for its unvaccinated players earlier this month, which was also granted earlier to the MLB. The NHL has not requested such an exemption.
But that doesn’t mean that unvaccinated players will have the same ability to play in all 30 markets. Under local restrictions, some players would currently not be eligible to play games in places like New York and Brooklyn due to their non-vaccination.
Golden State Warriors goalie Andrew Wiggins was among the list of unvaccinated players who would have deemed him ineligible for his team’s home games, but it was announced earlier this week that he has since received his shoot.
The Raptors themselves announced on Wednesday that their entire squad as well as their staff had been fully vaccinated. Charania reported in late September that â90%â of all NBA players had received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.