NBA recently announced strict protocols to conduct the one-day All-Star Game with the COVID-19 pandemic in the picture.
Regardless of all the doubts through the pandemic, the 2021 NBA All-Star game is happening for sure on March 7, 2021. However, thanks to the still-existent threat of COVID-19, the association would integrate extra rules in order to reduce the transmission and not devour the fans of such a joyous match-up where they get to see all the biggest stars of the league going at it all together.
Everyone is aware of the fact that the All-Star events would include several kinds of tournaments, a dunk contest, a 3-point shootout, and the most loved all-star game. With so many players participating in the competition from all over the United States, the NBA recently revealed how the regular league would break from March 5, 2021,and resume from March 10, 2021.
The 2021 NBA All-Star game will be held in Atlanta on March 7, 2021. Photo Source: NBA
One of the very first, yet the obvious rule was that all the players would need to go through COVID-19 testing and the ones who test positive from the virus to miss their flight to Atlanta's State Farm Arena, where the event will be held this time around. Furthermore, all the participants must travel to the host city on March 6 through private transportation, which is a must.
The NBA's star players get the privilege to bring a few guests to share the auspicious moment with them. Despite that, things would be different than the previous times as the guests also need to comply with the strict protocols that include COVID testing and traveling in private. Not just that, the guests must need to prove that they have been quarantining for seven continuous days before they even travel to Atlanta, unless for some important activities. They would also have to have four negative COVID-19 reports to get them in the All-Star events.
Players would need to travel privately as per NBA's protocols for the All-Star Game. Photo Source: SB Nation
The Corona Virus pandemic has impacted the whole NBA immensely, and the all-star events are going to be no different. While this exhibition All-Star events would take place for three days in the past, it would be for only a day this time, and that is on March 7, 2021. All the interactions with the public and media would be limited to their five-star hotels only, and the league's biggest players would not get to travel much except to the arena.
LeBron James was concerned about conducting All-Star Events during a COVID-19 pandemic. Photo Source: Sportsnet
NBA's one of the best players recently, LeBron James might not have been a fan of conducting the All-Star Game in 2021 with the threat of COVID-19 in mind, but the association is doing all they can to make it happen safely. TNT would televise the show, as it has been doing for the past eighteen years, and they would be announcing the starters by this week.