As NBA facilities in certain states begin to reopen, teams will now be allowed to administer coronavirus tests to asymptomatic players and staff members, so long as there is readily available testing for local at-risk healthcare workers.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, teams such as the Lakers, Clippers, and Magic will be allowed to test every single player and staff member that enters for individual workouts, even if those employees are not showing any Covid-19 symptoms.
According to ESPN, the league had initially put in place guidelines against testing asymptomatic players, put now a "limited exception" to those guidelines has been invoked, meaning the NBA will approve a written authorization from health care authorities to ensure a "robust testing program in place for at-risk health care workers" in the local community.
The league plans to regularly test all of its players once a more formal resumption of the season has occurred, per ESPN, but the league has been reluctant to test all players in the current one-hour workout phase that has been put in place.
The NBA season has been on pause since mid-March, when Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert and later guard Donovan Mitchell both tested positive for the virus.
The league has not yet announced any formal plans for resuming the season or expanding the playoff format.