Things are slowly returning back to normal for the NBA. After the season was suspended in March, the league has allowed teams to open their practice facilities starting May 1, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Specifically, the NBA will allow practice facilities to open in states where the local government has eased stay-at-home orders. Wojnarowski also reports that teams will be allowed to make facilities open to players on a voluntary basis for individual work, but larger group workouts will still be prohibited. In NBA markets that aren't loosening restrictions, the league plans to work with teams on other arrangements for players.

The 2019-20 season was officially postponed on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, several players, staff members, and other personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus including Gobert's fellow Jazz star Donovan Mitchell.

If the NBA season hadn't been postponed, we would be in the midst of the first round with the playoffs originally scheduled to start on April 18. And while there are currently no concrete plans as to whether or not—or when—the NBA season will resume, the league is moving in the right direction with this recent decision while also taking the safety of players and staff into account.

The NBA isn't the only professional sports league to be heavily affected by the ongoing pandemic. The WNBA and NFL recently had their annual draft across the country through various remote locations while major events like The Masters and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics have been postponed or canceled.