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The NBA informed teams that players and coaches will be required to wear KN95 or KF94 masks starting next week.

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The NBA has announced that they will require teams to utilize KN95 and KF94 masks starting next week. ESPN’s Tim Bontemps provided the details on the league’s new expectations in regards to masks.

As the NBA continues to tighten its health and safety protocols to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the league will begin requiring players to wear KN95 or KF94 masks in all instances where required, sources told ESPN.

According to the report from Bontemps, the new protocol will get underway after the NBA distributes supplies to each team over the next several days.

The policy will go into effect in the next week, sources said. The league is in the process of getting masks to all 30 teams before making it mandatory that they are worn. Starting with games Friday, the NBA also plans to more strictly enforce current rules regarding the use of face masks.

On Monday, the matchup between the Pistons and Nuggets became the latest contest to be postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. Standardizing the masks that are utilized by teams is the latest action undertaken by the NBA as the league attempts to trudge through its schedule during a global pandemic.

You can read the full report from Bontemps at ESPN.