The Basketball Tournament releases safety plan for 2020 event

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Basketball Tournament has released a health and safety plan for the 2020 tournament.

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The Basketball Tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Jackson this summer, but tournament officials have decided to have the entire event held in one location.

Players and staff members on the 24 teams will be tested for COVID-19 prior to the tournament, and will be quarantined leading up to the 10 day tournament, according to a news release.

The release says the decision comes after consultation with health experts, epidemiologists and participants.

The plan will be updated in the weeks leading up to the tournament, the release says. Tournament officials released a five-point plan.

  • All participants will be tested for COVID-19 upon arriving at the location. A positive test result will lead to the removal of both the individual and their team from the event
  • Teams will be kept separate at all times in quarantine and screened regularly for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • All participants will be tested again after the quarantine period. A positive result on this second test will lead to the removal of both the individual and their team from the event
  • Teams that have tested negative will be cleared to participate in TBT. Once cleared for participation TBT will continue to screen individuals for symptoms daily.
  • All players will undergo an exit screening by local health officials.

More than 115 teams have applied to participate in the tournament.

The 24 qualifying teams will be announced in June.

The tournament will consolidate to one location, rather than the nine regions originally scheduled. Ticket holders will be refunded, according to the release.

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