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Sources: Warriors' facilities closed until city's social-distancing rules end

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The NBA reportedly will allow teams to open facilities in areas where coronavirus-related social distance restrictions have been eased, but the Golden State Warriors' facilities will remain closed as long as the City of San Francisco keeps its ordinances in place, league sources told NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday.

The Warriors -- who haven't played a game since March 10 -- will continue to adhere to the guidelines set by San Francisco Mayor London Breed and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Breed was among the first city leaders to enact social-distancing measures, banning all non-essential travel on March 16, despite San Francisco not having any known coronavirus cases at the time. Three days later, Newsom followed suit, enacting social-distance laws statewide.

On Friday, Breed said she'd "very likely" extend the measure in San Francisco past the current May 3 date.

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski cited sources in reporting Saturday that the NBA will allow teams to open their facilities in cities and states where social-distancing guidelines have been relaxed. Right now, only Georgia has lifted its stay-at-home guidelines to reopen its economy. According to Wojnarowski, group workouts or organized team acitivities will not be permitted.

 

The NBA season has been suspended since March 11, after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

The Warriors were among the first teams to put together plans in the wake of the virus, electing to play a now-canceled March 12 game against the Brooklyn Nets at Chase Center without fans. The virus -- which originated in Wuhan, China late last year -- has affected nearly 3 million people, taking more than 200,000 lives, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

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Since suspending the season, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been cautious about giving a date for the league's return.

"What I’ve told my folks over the last week is we should accept at least for the month of April, we won’t be in a position to make any decisions," Silver told Turner Sports on April 6. "I don't think that necessarily means on May 1, we will be. ... Honestly, it’s just too early, given what is happening right now, to be able to project or predict where we will be in a few weeks."