NBA Set To Roll Out Plan To Require Players To Wear Sensors For Contact Tracing

The NFL is still having issues with players testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, and the NBA is now looking into a plan that will have players and staff wearing sensors as part of a leaguewide contact tracing program.

The league wants to have the plan in place for games beginning on Jan. 7, according to a memo from the league obtained by ESPN.

The report says that for now, only Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals are going to be required to wear Kinexon SafeZone contact sensor devices.

The memo states players and team staff will be required to wear them on the team plane, the team bus, during practices and to and from the arena or their home practice facility in connection with team travel.

The sensors do not have a GPS location on them. When worn, they become active when someone within six feet is also wearing a sensor.

As of yet, there is no word about any discipline that may result if a player or team staff member is found not wearing the sensor when required.

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