NBA 2020: The New York Knicks have closed their Tarrytown training facility after three employees tested positive for COVID-19. The news came after Mayor Bill de Blasio cautioned that New York City was on the precipice of the second wave of coronavirus.
Westchester County, the location of the Knicks’ practice facility was recognized as a hot spot in New York. The state’s positivity rate is 3.09% and the positivity rate in Westchester County is 4.6%.
The training camps were set to begin on the 1st of December, following the Free Agency starting on the 22nd of November.
The NBA permitted all the teams to reopen their practice facilities on Oct. 30. The players are being tested every day for COVID-19 and must continue to return negative in order to access the facility and take part in group workouts.
Statement from the New York Knicks:
The Knicks is not disclosing the names of the employees who contracted the virus.
Unlike the end of last season, the NBA does not plan to place all teams inside a bubble. Although this news does not signal a delay to kickoff the Knicks’ season, it could give other teams a reason to pause and evaluate protocols before practices begin.
Here is the latest schedule for the NBA 2020-21 season:
NBA Draft – 18th of November
Free Agency – 20th of November
Training Camp – 1st of December
NBA Season Opening Night – 22nd of December