Ahead of Thursday night’s tip-off of the NBA’s restart to the 2019-20 season, the league has announced a series of “new elements and enhancements to existing policies and procedures in Basketball Operations, Referee Operations and other areas” to help adapt to an unprecedented situation.

The announced changes include a wider sideline border, physically distanced team benches and coverings for officials’ whistles to prevent the spread of spittle.

“New elements implemented for the season restart reflect a collaboration among the league, players, coaches, referees and team staff, underscore a willingness by all parties to adapt to a challenging environment, and reinforce our commitment to the health and safety of everyone involved,” NBA President, League Operations Byron Spruell said in a statement.