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NBA warns unvaccinated players they could be ARRESTED if they break quarantine in Toronto


NBA warns unvaccinated players they could be ARRESTED if they break quarantine in Toronto and Los Angeles becomes the third league city to pass COVID-19 vaccine mandate

  • The NBA informed players that, due to Canada ‘s travel restrictions, they could face criminal charges if they are unvaccinated and breach quarantine in Toronto 
  • Violations can result in a six-month prison sentence or a $750,000 fine
  • Unvaccinated players can only leave their hotel rooms for team activities
  • The Raptors played an exhibition in Toronto on Monday, which was their first game in Canada since February of 2020 due to international travel restrictions 
  • LA has joined New York and San Francisco as the only NBA cities with mandates


The NBA has informed its players that, due to Canada‘s travel restrictions, they could face criminal charges if they are unvaccinated and breach quarantine in Toronto.  

Sources told The Athletic that the league informed teams on Wednesday about the consequences of violating Canada’s Quarantine Act. Violations can result in a six-month prison sentence or a $750,000 fine. An NBA spokesperson did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for confirmation.

Unvaccinated players will only be allowed to leave their hotel rooms for team activities. 

And even if they are vaccinated, all players will need to pass a COVID-19 test before traveling to Toronto this season.

The NBA has informed its players that, due to Canada ‘s travel restrictions, they could face criminal charges if they are unvaccinated and breach quarantine in Toronto. Due to Canadian COVID-era travel restrictions and the NBA’s decision to finish the 2019-20 campaign at Disney World in Orlando, the Raptors have played in Florida for the better part of the last two seasons. They returned for an exhibition on Monday (pictured) — their first game in Canada since 2020

A view of the exterior of the arena as fans gather at Jurassic Park to watch the Golden State Warriors play against the Toronto Raptors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals

 A view of the exterior of the arena as fans gather at Jurassic Park to watch the Golden State Warriors play against the Toronto Raptors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals

Due to Canadian COVID-era travel restrictions and the NBA’s decision to finish the 2019-20 campaign at Disney World in Orlando, the Raptors have played in Florida for the better part of the last two seasons. They returned for an exhibition on Monday — their first game in Canada since February of 2020.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles has joined New York and San Francisco to become the third NBA city to pass a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The ordinance, which goes into effect on November 29, requires anyone entering certain indoor facilities to be 14 days removed from their last dose of the vaccine.

The good news for LA’s Lakers and Clippers fans is that both teams are either entirely vaccinated or they expect to be shortly.

‘On opening night when we play the Golden State Warriors, all of the players that are currently signed on our roster, on that night, will be deemed fully vaccinated,’ Lakers president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka told reporters Thursday. ‘We’re really grateful for that.’

LeBron James is vaccinated and the rest of his Lakers teammates are expected to be soon

LeBron James is vaccinated and the rest of his Lakers teammates are expected to be soon 

Clippers coach Tyronn Lue told reporters last week that he expects the entire team to be vaccinated.

‘Our guys are vaccinated, so we just have to do whatever the league tells us to do; we try to abide by the rules and kind of go from there,’ Lue said last week. 

New York’s mandate differs in that it only requires the first dose of a vaccine in order to gain entry to an indoor facility.

It may prove to be the most consequential mandate around the NBA, however, as Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving reportedly remains unvaccinated, and is at risk of losing $381,000 for every home game he misses this season.

Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins faced a similar problem, but he has since gotten vaccinated, albeit reluctantly.

‘The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA,’ the No. 1 overall pick in 2014 said Monday. ‘It was a tough decision. Hopefully, it works out in the long run and in 10 years I’m still healthy.’

New York's mandate differs in that it only requires the first dose of a vaccine in order to gain entry to an indoor facility. It may prove to be the most consequential mandate around the NBA, however, as Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving reportedly remains unvaccinated, and is at risk of losing $381,000 for every home game he misses this season

New York’s mandate differs in that it only requires the first dose of a vaccine in order to gain entry to an indoor facility. It may prove to be the most consequential mandate around the NBA, however, as Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving reportedly remains unvaccinated, and is at risk of losing $381,000 for every home game he misses this season

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