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Unvaccinated NBA players will not be able to travel to Toronto for the Raptors starting January

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NBA players who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be able to travel to Toronto to play games with Predators starting January 15, as the Canadian government will end the vaccine exemption for athletes. Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino made the announcement on Friday. Here are some details, via CBC News:

Unvaccinated amateur and professional athletes will not be able to enter Canada as of January 15, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said on Friday. Currently, NBA and NHL players who have not received one of Canada’s approved COVID-19 vaccines can enter the country tax-free. But Mendicino says that is changing due to the widespread availability of vaccines.

“As of January 15, there will be no more exemptions for professional and amateur athletes,” he said… Those who are still unvaccinated will soon be unable to play Toronto games against the Raptors or any of the seven Canadians. The home arenas of NHL teams.

It is unclear whether unvaccinated Canadian athletes playing for US teams will be able to return to the country with their teams. However, starting November 30, immunizations will be required when traveling in and out of Canada.

Fortunately, this change is not a problem for too many NBA players, like about 95% of the league the player is said to have been vaccinated. brooklyn network protect the star Kyrie Irving is the most famous player to refuse a vaccine, but he hasn’t played in games for the Nets this season, so the change won’t affect him anyway.

The NBA does not enforce any kind of vaccine authorization for its players, but the league has strongly encouraged all players to get vaccinated. Earlier this month, the tournament Encourage all players and coaches to take additional injections to try to continue to contain any potential outbreaks. Several players from across the league’s countries have had to miss time due to COVID-19 this season, but with no games postponed due to severe team-wide outbreaks, this is one improvement from last season.

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