Greece could drop strict quarantine if Brits fly from ‘low-risk' UK airports

GREECE may drop some of their strict coronavirus measures such as quarantines if Brits fly from certain airports in the UK.

It follows the announcement from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of the highest risk airports across Europe, which included nearly all of the UK's.

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The airports not included on the list include Belfast, Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, London Southend, Southampton and Cardiff, which are all deemed to be 'safe'.

Those travelling from the low-risk airports may be able to avoid it and would only be subject to random testing.

Tourism minister Harry Theoharis told The Telegraph: "There are already UK airports from which, after June 15, visitors may come to Greece without going through quarantine."

Brits flying from "high risk" airports, which include London Heathrow and London Gatwick, would face the strict quarantine rules in Greece.

There are currently no direct flights from the 'safe' airports and Greece – however the EASA regulations are to be regularly updated.

There are, however, indirect flights – Edinburgh to Athens with Wizz Air, stopping at Budapest or Zurich, two other safe airports.

More flights are also expected to operate from July onwards as easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways begin a limited schedule of flights to Europe.

Greece is opening the country to tourists from June 15, which includes UK holidaymakers.

Yet Mr Theoharis added yesterday that the current restrictions on travellers from most UK airports means it would be difficult for the majority of holidaymakers from Britain wanting to take a trip to the European country.

Travellers will be forced to stay in a designated hotel for a few days while awaiting the result.

There are already UK airports from which, after June 15, visitors may come to Greece without going through quarantine

Negative tests will result in a seven day self-isolation, while a positive test results in a 14-day quarantine which is supervised.

Mr Theoharis told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "For the rest of the airports, testing is mandatory and for a certain amount of days you wait for the test results."

The UK is also enforcing a 14-day quarantine from June 8 on anyone entering the country, for at least three weeks.

The UK government also still advises against all non-essential travel – which isn't expected to be lifted any time soon.

Greece hotels and luxury resorts are slashing their prices ahead of Brits returning this year to encourage holidaymakers to visit.

Some are selling holidays for half the usual cost this time of year.

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Dwayne Johnson Gave a Passionate Speech About Black Lives Matter

Dwayne Johnson is imploring our leaders to act with compassion as protests continue across the country against police brutality and systemic racism.

After the three remaining officers responsible for George Floyd’s death were finally charged along with Derek Chauvin on June 3, Johnson posted a video addressing the protests and lack of a “compassionate leader.”

“Where are you? Where is our leader?” Johnson, aka The Rock, said. “Where is our leader at this time when our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain, begging and pleading with its arms out, just wanting to be heard? Begging and pleading and praying for change. Where are you?

“Where is our compassionate leader who’s going to step up to our country who’s down on its knees and extend a hand and say, ‘You stand up. Stand up with me. Stand up with me, because I got you,’” the Fast & Furious actor asked. “‘I got you. I hear you. I’m listening to you. And you have my word that I’m going to do everything in my power, until my dying day, my last breath, to do everything I can to create the change that is needed, to normalize equality because black lives matter.’ Where are you?

“In this moment, this defining, pivotal, explosive moment where our country is down on its knees,” he said. “The floorboards of this country are becoming unhinged. In this moment, we must say the words black lives matter.

“Where are you?” he asks once again, though he never mentions President Donald Trump by name. “Because here’s what happens when you extend a hand and you reach out to Americans who are in pain and they stand with you. Here’s what happens: The entire country stands and rises, as well.”

Johnson finishes his eight-minute address by asking his question again. “Where are you? I’ll tell you what: We’re here. We’re all here. The process to change has already begun. You can feel it across our country. Change is happening. It’s going to take time. We’re going to get beat up. We’re going to take our lumps. There’s gonna be blood, but the process of change has already begun.”

Watch Dwayne Johnson’s entire, powerful statement in the video, above.

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Third of Britons say internet has been WORSE during the lockdown

Third of Britons say internet performance has been WORSE during the coronavirus lockdown – despite broadband providers’ claims they have held up well amid the surge in demand

  • YouGov survey revealed that 28 per cent of people noticed a slower connection 
  • At the same time three quarters of people said they were online more often
  • Ofcom said download speeds had only fallen by an average of 2 per cent 
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People say their broadband speeds have been worse during coronavirus lockdown, despite the providers claiming they’ve managed the surge in demand well.

According to a YouGov survey, 28 per cent have noticed their internet connection has become slightly worse than usual, while 7 per cent said it was much worse.

It comes as three quarters of those questioned claimed they were going online more heavily due to lockdown, including working, going to school and staying in touch. 

Last month, analysis by regulator Ofcom suggested that download speeds have only fallen by an average of 2 per cent since lockdown began in the UK. 

According to a YouGov survey, 28 per cent have noticed their internet connection has become slightly worse than usual, while 7 per cent said it was much worse

According to the YouGov survey 69 per cent of people who experienced connectivity issues said it affected general online activities.

A similar percentage said they had problems with internet steaming and 59 per cent had issues making internet video calls due to connection problems.

Just over half of the 2,301 people questioned said they had problems completing work-related tasks as a result of connection problems. 

However, over half – 57 per cent – of participants questioned said they noticed no change in the performance of their home internet connection.

‘New YouGov research shows that the internet had become even more important to daily life during the coronavirus lockdown,’ said Olivia Bonito from YouGov. 

‘Of course this means that many are now using their internet much more than usual but a significant proportion – a third – are experiencing worse internet performance than they did prior to the lockdown,’ she said.

Difficulty accessing stable internet may get worse as the number of people in a household increases – suggesting performance is impacted by demand.

‘While many might be able to cope in the short term, it could start to affect productivity if working from home becomes the ‘new normal’,’ said Bonito. 

According to Ofcom average broadband speeds have held up but people’s connections have been under much higher demand.

This demand comes from home working and home schooling.

It comes as three quarters of those questioned claimed they were going online more heavily due to lockdown, including working, going to school and staying in touch

A spokesperson for Ofcom said this increase in demand ‘can mean some services slow down even on a good connection’.

‘So we’re providing a range of practical tips on how people can get the most from their broadband and stay connected during the lockdown.’

The regulator published seven tips for staying connected during the lockdown on its website including doing regular speed checks on your connection. 

Ofcom’s seven tips include only using landlines or wifi to make phone calls – rather than clog up the mobile network with voice calls and keeping broadband routers away from other wireless devices such as TVs, speakers and baby monitors.

The regulator said this would help people ‘whether it’s for video streaming, virtual meetings or voice calls.’

‘Broadband and mobile networks are under increased demand because of the coronavirus (Covid-19),’ Ofcom wrote in a blog post.

‘We can all play our part in helping to manage how we use our connections.’

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Wreck of ironclad German warship added to National Heritage List

Wreck of ironclad German warship SMS Grosser Kurfurst that sank in the English Channel after being rammed by a friendly vessel in 1878 added to National Heritage List for England

  • SMS Grosser Kurfurst’s armour plating was ripped off and hole gouged in side
  • Stricken ship disappeared beneath the waves in eight minutes, drowning 284
  • Memorial in Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone, has been given protection 

The wreck of a German battleship that sank off the coast of Kent in 1878, when she was rammed by a friendly vessel trying to avoid two fishing boats, has been added to the National Heritage List for England.

SMS Grosser Kurfurst’s armour plating was ripped off and a huge hole was gouged into her side when ramming ship Konig Wilhelm struck the warship during preparations for a training exercises near Folkestone, English Channel.

Germany’s stricken ship rapidly disappeared below the waves, losing 284 out of her 300 man crew.

A large memorial in Cheriton Road Cemetery, where many of the bodies pulled from the wreck are buried, has also been given grade-II listed status.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport issued protections for both on the advice of Historic England.

SMS Grosser Kurfurst, pictured, had its armour plating ripped off and a hole gouged in its side when it was struck four nautical miles off the coast of Folkestone, Kent

She ship sunk within eight minutes according to historians as its bulkheads failed to close

The warship was one of only three Preussen-class ironclad warships authorised under the naval programme of 1867, approved by the Reichstag to strengthen the German navy.

It was commissioned following the second Schleswig war (1864) involving the weak Prussian navy which had been unable to break a Dutch blockade.

Despite the pressure, however, the newly-built Kurfurst sank in just eight minutes as watertight bulkheads onboard failed to close, according to historian Erich Groner.

The Konig Wilhelm also suffered significant damage in the collision and severe flooding. 

Her captain initially planned to beach the ship, but after the pumps managed to hold the flooding to an acceptable level, she instead limped to Portsmouth for emergency repairs before returning to Germany. 

Lying four nautical miles off the UK coast, the shipwreck’s addition to the National Heritage List means divers are still able to visit, but it now has a new level of protection.  

The stricken warship is shown floundering above as other boats rush to the rescue. It had been preparing for training exercises in the English channel


SMS Grosser Kurfurst has been given protected status along with a memorial to the 284 sailors who lost their lives in Cheriton Road cemetery, Folkestone, Kent

SMS Grosser Kurfurst 

SMS Grosser Kurfurst is pictured above

Type: One of three Preussen-class ironclad warships 

Crew: Could take up to 500 men onboard

Length: 316 feet and 11 inches 

Launch date: September 1875

Date of sinking: 31 May 1878, rammed by SMS Konig Wilhelm four nautical miles off the coast of Folkestone, Kent 

Heritage minister Nigel Huddleston said: ‘The listing of the SMS Grosser Kurfurst and the memorial plaque is a fitting tribute to the 284 men who died when the ship sank more than 130 years ago.

‘I hope that the increased protection for both sites will ensure that the ingenuity of the early ironclad ships and their influence on modern navy vessels is not forgotten.’ 

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: ‘This historic shipwreck tells the story of Germany’s increasing naval strength in the late-19th century at a time when Britain and Germany were on friendly terms.

‘The SMS Grosser Kurfurst is important as the only non-Royal Naval warship recorded as wrecked in English waters for the period 1860-1913.

‘The listing of the associated memorial in Folkestone with its German inscription is a poignant reminder of the loss of nearly 300 crewmen on board. It is right that we continue to remember them.’

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, also hailed the granting of protection to the wreck and memorial.

He said: ‘Folkestone would go on to play an important role in the First World War, as a port of passage for many soldiers travelling to and from the trenches in France and Belgium, which I have worked to commemorate as chairman of the Step Short charity.

‘In that spirit, I believe the monument is an important reminder of Anglo-German friendship and solidarity in times of disaster, to be remembered as well as times of enmity.’

Expansion of the German navy after the Schleswig-Holstein war, 1864

Kaiser Wilhelm II, who would lead Germany at the start of the First World War

This 1864 war saw forces from Prussia and Austria clash with Denmark over the province of Schleswig-Holstein.

Vastly outnumbered, Denmark took to blockading the North Sea coast as their most effective defence – a decision that would reveal serious weaknesses in the Prussian naval armoury.

Prussia found itself unable to shift the blockade – with its ships being unable to keep up in the Battle of Heligoland, which aimed to dislodge it.

The failure led to difficult questions at home and, by the unification of Germany in 1871, the navy had taken on a whole new significance.

The Imperial navy was founded, initially tasked with defending the North Sea coast from France and Russia, and a Naval Academy was then opened in March 1872.

This was followed in May with a ten-year building programme to modernise the Prussian fleet which would cost 220 million gold marks.

The SMS Grosser Kurfurst was built as part of this push to strengthen Germany’s naval fortifications.

One of the big drivers behind this was the nascent country’s desire for an Empire, similar to its European neighbours, which could only be achieved and maintained through naval might.

This would eventually lead to a head-on collision with the British, resulting in a naval arms race and the formation of the Triple Entente intent on keeping Germany within its borders. 

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#Stayhome guide for Friday: Boost your immunity with morel chicken soup, party with Mark Richmond and more

1. Covid-19 stay-home recipe: Boost your immunity with this morel chicken soup


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Morel mushrooms are a delicacy in Western cooking, but did you know they are regarded as a tonic in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)?

In TCM, the fungi are believed to help reduce phlegm and boost one’s immunity by regulating the body’s qi (vital energy). They are usually cooked in soups.

In Mandarin, morels are called yang du jun (lamb’s stomach mushroom) as their outer appearance resembles lamb stomach.

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2. PARTY: NINETEEN80 REQUEST LIVE WITH MARK RICHMOND


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Remember the good old days when you would stay glued to the radio hoping the deejay would spin your song requests and read out your dedications?

Retro club Nineteen80 has guest DJ and former radio jock Mark Richmond on the decks tonight to do just that, as he spins hits from the 1980s to the 2000s via streaming platform Twitch.

Instead of calling in on a hotline, you can request a song ahead of time via str.sg/JPJk or on the Twitch stream chat, as you watch Richmond play live onscreen.

Info: 10pm to midnight, go to www.twitch.tv/nineteen80bar

3. LISTEN: TENG ENSEMBLE’S TRIPTYCH SERIES WITH SHABIR


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Arts group The Teng Ensemble has launched its three-part Triptych music video series, which aims to highlight the role of migrants in Singapore, as well as underscore the common threads between Singaporeans and migrant workers.

Collaborating with award-winning singer and composer Shabir, its newest song is Childhood, which has lyrics based on famed Tamil poet Bharathiyar’s work Manathil Uruthi Vendum (The Mind Should Be Resolute).

Previously released tracks include Xin Zao Beh, celebrating the cultural heritage passed down from Singaporean’s migrant ancestors, as well Thedichoru (In Search Of The Next Meal) – also based on a Bharathiyar poem – with a message of strength, resilience and faith.

Info: Watch the playlist of music videos for the three original compositions at bit.ly/teng-triptych.

4. READ: 200: POINTS IN SINGAPORE’S NATURAL HISTORY


PHOTO: LEE KONG CHIAN NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

A newly released e-book that accompanies Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum’s 200: a natural history exhibition, is available free for download.

The book features the 200 stories contained in the exhibition that opened a year ago – including significant events and records of animals, plants, people and places in Singapore’s natural history.

These include the Republic’s status as a trade hub for cash crops in the mid-to late-19th century, like the strategically important gutta percha tree, which produced a latex that was used for the insulation of submarine telegraph cables.

The museum is closed, but the exhibition will be extended until Dec 31 when the museum reopens.

Info: str.sg/JPoF

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More states reopen movie theaters amid coronavirus, but the experience won’t be the same

Big movies making at-home debut amid coronavirus pandemic

Fandango correspondent Nikki Novak breaks down big film titles that will be making their debut on the small screen during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nineteen states are allowing brick-and-mortar businesses to reopen under a new of circumstances intended to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Businesses, including movie theaters in many states, must have, among other measures, a robust cleaning schedule and social-distancing measures in place to reopen.

Under new health guidelines designed to limit the spread of COVID-19, many will open with limited capacities, like the 33 percent seating limit in Kentucky or 50 percent in Kansas City. But the actual enforcement of the restrictions differ based on the venue’s location and other factors.

Cinemark, for example, which announced it will reopen in June, won’t require guests to wear a face mask. It will, however, encourage customers to wear face covers and require employees to do so, in addition to ramping up cleaning and implementing social-distancing measures.

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“We have been intensely focused in developing enhanced health and safety protocols, understanding these factors will weigh on the confidence and peace of mind of our employees, guests and community,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Zoradi said on an earnings call.

CINEMARK WON’T REQUIRE GUESTS TO WEAR MASKS DESPITE CORONAVIRUS

The income generated from movies won’t see a major spike nationwide just yet, analysts predict, as states like New York and California, hit hard by the virus, reopen at a slower pace. Overall, just three percent of venues across the country, according to a report in Variety.

Theater reopenings come at a time when many, like AMC are struggling to stay afloat. Cinemas worldwide have been shuttered since mid-March with pictures like "Top Gun: Maverick", James Bond "No Time To Die" and Walt Disney's "Mulan" have been pushed later into the year.

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But as they reopen, Cinemark, and other businesses already operating in the pandemic could offer more insight into how everyday tasks and leisure activities could look. Shopping mall operator Simon Property Group, for example, said it would reopen roughly 50 percent of its properties with measures in place to slow the spread of the virus, including limiting store hours, reducing foot traffic and providing face covers and stripping some chairs from gathering areas.

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Premier League clubs fear government’s test-and-trace app could strip them of star players – The Sun

PROJECT RESTART is at risk of being thrown into chaos by the UK’s test-and-trace regulations — which could now strip teams of their star players.

Premier League clubs have worked tirelessly with health authorities to come up with a way of working which will allow them to get the season completed.

But the new test-and-trace rules mean that players may be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days — even if they have produced negative results in their twice-weekly Covid-19 tests.

If any player or coach tests positive for coronavirus, they must give the details of everyone they have been in contact with, including team-mates and opposition players.

It is then up to the tracing team to decide if that close contact in games or training is enough for people to be potential carriers of the virus.

And if they order isolation then there is NOTHING clubs can do to prevent their aces being ruled out.

That raises the prospect of central defenders in the same team being contacted and ordered to stay at home for a fortnight if an opposition forward they had been marking in a top-flight match tested positive.

And it also threatens to leave clubs being ordered to isolate large numbers of their squad if one staff member produces a positive test, no matter if other individuals are negative.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty made a point of stressing at Wednesday’s daily conference how one of the major problems with Covid-19 is that people are carriers and become infectious before they show any symptoms.

Which is why any recent negative test a player or coach can point to will count for nothing if the contact-tracing team order them to isolate.

The protocols for a return to full training and matches were drawn up by the leagues and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in an attempt to reduce the Covid-19 risk as much as possible.

But they are not fool-proof, and contact between players in training and matches can still be deemed by medical officials as enough to pass the infection on.

Test and trace makes it clear that, outside of the family home, the biggest potential for spreading coronavirus occurs in "face-to-face" contact, or being within two metres of someone who has tested positive.

Match action and contact training evidently risk those scenarios — and each instance will be looked at closely by the contact-tracing team.

And clubs will be powerless to stop several players being ordered to quarantine at the same time if the tracers decide it is needed.

The Premier League would then have to decide if teams are able to fulfil fixtures over a two-week period if they end up having a number of stars unavailable.

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George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Announced During Minneapolis Service

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America continues to mourn the death of George Floyd.

On Thursday afternoon, hundreds of attendees arrived at North Central University in Minnesota for the first of many memorials in honor of George. 

T.I. and wife Tiny, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Minnesota Vikings football player Tajae Sharpe and NBA player Stephen Jackson were just some of the guests who joined George’s family in celebrating his life.

The memorial, streamed on NBC News, included prayers from religious leaders, music from local singers and messages from neighborhood leaders including the President of North Central University who announced the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship helps promote the education promise of aspiring young black American leaders. In fact, North Central University President Dr. Scott Hagen challenged every university president in the United States to start their own fund at their respective college.

Audience members including George’s family erupted in applause when the news was announced.

Later on in the service, attorney Benjamin Crump acknowledged guests in attendance who were wearing masks amid the Coronavirus pandemic. But just days after an autopsy revealed George’s cause of death, his family’s attorney made a statement about the case.

“It was not the Coronavirus pandemic that killed George Floyd. I want to make it clear on the record,” he shared. “It was the other pandemic we’re far too familiar with in America. That pandemic of racism and discrimination that killed George Floyd.” 

Before the service came to an end, Philonise Floyd shared memories of his late brother to the crowd. 

“We had so many memories together,” he shared. “People wanted to be around him. He was like a general. Every day, he would walk outside and there would be a line of people wanting to greet him and have fun with him.”

“Everyone wants justice for George. We want justice for George,” Philonise continued. “He’s going to get it.” 

Reverend Al Sharpton echoed those sentiments while speaking on stage. 

“Some have looted and done other things and none of us in this family condones looting or violence,” he shared when discussing the protests around the world. “There’s a difference between those calling for peace and those calling for quiet. Some of you don’t want peace. You just want quiet. You just want us to shut up and suffer in silence.”

Al continued, “The overwhelming majority of people marching weren’t breaking windows. They were trying to break barriers. They weren’t trying to steal nothing. They were trying to get back the justice you stole from us.” 

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George Floyd death: Tokmac Nguen ‘shocked’ by T-shirt reprimand

Ferencvaros winger Tokmac Nguen says he is “angry” and “shocked” after being reprimanded by the Hungarian Football Federation for making an anti-racism statement.

Kenya-born Nguen unveiled a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ T-shirt after scoring at Puskas Akademia on Sunday.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while being restrained by a white Minneapolis police officer on 25 May.

“It was a very important message and I’m standing by it,” said Nguen.

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Speaking to BBC World Service’s World Football programme, Nguen said he would do it again “because this is something that I really stand by and this is something that I really take personally”.

“I don’t feel it’s right that just because I play football, I can’t say what I feel,” he added.

“You’re supposed to only play football. You’re supposed to do your job on the field.

“They don’t want you to have an opinion because of the politics.”

On Sunday, Borussia Dortmund’s England forward Jadon Sancho also unveiled a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ T-shirt after scoring against Paderborn.

Sancho and other Bundesliga players will face no further disciplinary action after making anti-racism statements.

Sancho’s Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi also wore a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ T-shirt, while Schalke’s Weston McKennie wore a similar armband and Marcus Thuram of Borussia Monchengladbach kneeled in tribute to Floyd after scoring.

Fifa, world football’s governing body, has urged football associations to apply “common sense” and consider not sanctioning players demanding justice for Floyd during matches.

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NBA Approves 22-Team Format to Restart the Basketball Season After Coronavirus Suspension


The journey to an NBA return just got a little shorter.

The NBA Board of Governors approved a competitive format to restart the 2019-2020 season on Thursday, the league said in a press release. The season will tentatively restart on July 31, with 22 teams playing.

According to the release, "the Board’s approval is the first formal step among many required to resume the season."

The 22 teams returning include eight teams from each conference in current playoff positions, as well as six teams that are at most six games behind the eighth seed in their conferences.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards will return from the Eastern Conference. From the Western Conference, the teams will be the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns.

To start, each team will play eight seeding games. The seven teams in each conference with the best-combined records — inclusive of both the seeding games and the regular-season games already played — will qualify for the playoffs.

Each conference's eighth seed will advance automatically if they hold more than a four-game lead over the ninth seed. However, if not, the eighth seed will participate in a play-in round against the ninth seed to take the final playoff spot.

The season will conclude with a traditional playoff format.

“The Board’s approval of the restart format is a necessary step toward resuming the NBA season,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in the press release. "While the COVID-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges, we are hopeful of finishing the season in a safe and responsible manner based on strict protocols now being finalized with public health officials and medical experts."

"We also recognize that as we prepare to resume play, our society is reeling from recent tragedies of racial violence and injustice, and we will continue to work closely with our teams and players to use our collective resources and influence to address these issues in very real and concrete ways."

The season restart is contingent on reaching an agreement with the Walt Disney Company to use Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as a single site for all games, practices and housing.

The league first suspended their season in early March when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

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