NBA commissioner Adam Silver is very well aware that the clubs and restaurants are open in Atlanta but he has underlined that players won't be allowed to visit nightclubs during the All Star weekend. The NBA decided to stage the All Star weekend this year but it won't feature fans and players won't be allowed to visit clubs and go out.
"I think in terms of the nightlife in Atlanta, the state of Georgia has made a decision to keep its restaurants and clubs open," Silver said, per ESPN. "That's their right to make that decision. All we can do, on behalf of the NBA, is commit to them that we will not be participating in any way, in that nightlife.
"Our players are going to be in a work-quarantine protocol while they are in Atlanta."
The NBA doing a good work during the pandemic
The NBA season kicked off in December and so far the league has been controlling well the pandemic.
"The ability to operate in a pandemic has required an enormous amount of shared sacrifice," Silver said. "The players and the coaches are front and center, but there are thousands of people behind the scenes who are making, who are enabling the NBA to continue to operate.
And many of them are making tremendous sacrifices in their lives. In some cases, working in 24 hours shifts because of the nature of the PCR testing we're doing ... and travel schedules and quick decisions that need to be made in terms of contact tracing and quarantining, it's never-ending.
"It really has taken all of our collective will." Certains teams have faced outbreaks but the NBA season was never in jeopardy. "We've set our own standards," Silver said. "In certain cases, we've deferred to public health officials.
And in others, we believe we need to follow a national standard. "I also recognize, and this may be even more true as we go into the future, that the United States is a big country, and it may be appropriate to have different rules in different jurisdictions.
If that's the case, we're hoping those decisions are based on what the best health and safety information is in those communities. "We'll continue to work with national public health officials and local health officials to determine what those are.
But so far, we believe we've struck the right balance. Roughly half of our teams, at this point, have fans in their arenas. We haven't, to the best of our knowledge, had a single issue in terms of spread around among fans in our arenas."