Los Angeles will require proof of vaccination to enter domestic businesses, a move that will impact the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers at Staples Center.
Los Angeles City Council is the latest government entity to pass a local vaccine mandate on Wednesday, The New York Times reported. It will go into effect on November 4 with some strict exceptions for those whose medical conditions do not allow them to be vaccinated or those with “a sincere religious objection”. The few individuals who are not vaccinated may instead show evidence of a negative test taken within the past 72 hours.
The NBA, which begins its season on October 19, said last month that local laws apply to players. The Lakers and Clippers organizations have both said their teams will be fully vaccinated by the start of the season.
LA joins NY and San Francisco in vaccination mandate
New York City became the first in the country to require proof of vaccination for workers and customers in indoor dining, fitness and entertainment venues. San Francisco and other cities and counties in California have also met the requirements.
The laws have a direct impact on the Golden State Warriors, the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks. There is a loophole in the law that allows visiting players to play games in New York and San Francisco as long as they return negative COVID-19 tests.
The Warriors feared Andrew Wiggins, who initially refused to be vaccinated, would miss games. Wiggins recently received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and made his first public comments about last week on media day.
Players unable to attend practice
Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving was unable to attend media day in person due to tenure and is now missing practice. Head coach Steve Nash has said he won’t be moving practices out of town just so Irving can attend.
Players in violation of a local COVID-19 requirement will lose 1 / 91.6th of their salary for each game missed, in accordance with an agreement between the NBA and the player’s union. For Irving, that’s about $ 381,000 per game and if he missed all 41 home games, that would be $ 15.6 million of his $ 34.9 million salary.
All NBA coaches, front desk and medical staff, security staff, team communication staff, scorer’s table staff, and officials must be vaccinated to work.