OKC Thunder: Now open for voluntary workouts
The Thunder training facility re-opened Monday, 10 days after Oklahoma City authorities gave gyms and fitness centers the green light to resume business, under a variety of restrictions.
A Thunder spokesman said a “handful” of players are expected back for voluntary workouts and that some already had been in the facility Monday.
More than 20 NBA teams already have opened their facilities. The Thunder apparently was waiting for documentation from the state health department that any coronavirus precautions taken by the organization would not impede health efforts in the community.
“The Thunder Ion is re-opening today for voluntary workouts following the specific requirements and best practices the NBA and health authorities have established,” the Thunder said in a statement. “While our testing will be done through private resources, our state health authorities have given us assurances that any testing of players or essential staff would not impact the needs of the community and have provided the written documentation that is required by the NBA to test any players and essential staff.”
All workouts are voluntary for now. NBA policies still prohibit practices. No more than four players will be allowed at team facilities at the same time. Only one staff member can be present, but not the head coach or a first-row assistant coach. Every person who enters a team facility must have their temperature taken.
The NBA season was suspended on March 11 by the pandemic.