Report: NBA expects to have full arenas for 2021-22 season
The NBA expects the arenas to be full of fans by the beginning of the 2021-22 season. The chances of this are increased by a contract with a COVID-19 screening company, ESPN reported.
With the vaccine distribution in full swing, the NBA will be reaching out to airport screening company Clear to deploy COVID-19 screening technology to homes across the league.
Each team can determine how the screening technology will best serve their fan base. The league won't need any teams to use it, however.
Teams like Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, and Atlanta Hawks are already using Clear's technology to give a limited number of fans the chance to get back into the games. Up to two thirds of the teams have already invited the fans back to the games to a limited extent.
If the Clear system is generally available, fans will first be asked to load information about COVID-19 such as test results or vaccination information into a Clear app. Then a self photo would be entered.
Upon arriving at the arena, fans gave access to information in the app, took another selfie to verify their identity and answer questions about the health survey. A red or green notification light informs fans whether they are allowed to enter the arena.
Private health information is not disclosed. Only the necessary COVID-19-related information is used to operate the system.
Another plan in the works is for teams to have sections for fully vaccinated fans who have yet to adhere to state and local safety requirements, which may or may not include masks and some social distancing requirements.
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