With the nation’s capital entering Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser has given both the Washington Wizards and D.C. United waivers to hold team practices at their respective facilities.
As the sports world continues to move closer to live-game play, these considerations allow each team the maximum amount of time to prepare for a return to play while simultaneously acting in accordance with the DC government’s COVID-19 health standards delineated in the Mayor’s June 19th Order.
The Wizards will be following the NBA’s health and safety protocol and are slated to return to play at the end of July in Orlando, Florida in what has been affectionately named the NBA’s ‘Bubble.’ Power Forward Davis Bertans has opted to not participate in the remainder of the Wizard’s season due to contract concerns, but in doing so leaves the Wizards limited time to find a potential replacement before play resumes.
DC United has already had one unnamed player test positive for COVID-19, the team announced earlier this month. The positive case resulted following a round of mandatory testing administered to players as those tests are part of the protocol in advance of a return to full team training. According to reports, the player experienced mild symptoms and was not hospitalized.
Since the first reported positive case, neither team has reported any positive results for COVID-19 in any additional players, front office personnel, or training staff. DC United is set to begin play July 8th in the MLS Tournament and the Wizards are set to commence play on July 30th.
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