With the Philippine government slowly easing restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, PBA officials are looking at a gradual return of team activities.
League commissioner Willie Marcial, who has been in constant communication with board chairman Ricky Vargas and vice chairman Bobby Rosales as well as with the other governors, is already preparing the guidelines and protocols in anticipation of the government’s move to relax the restrictions and finally allow team sports to get back into action.
“Unti-unting balik sa normal ang plano ng gobyerno, at yun din naman ang tinitignan ng PBA. First is the set of guidelines for the return to practice. Under the general community quarantine, allowed na ang gathering ng small group, so baka naman pwede na rin mag-work out ang team ng four or five players per session,” said Marcial.
“Pero bago gamitin ng teams natin ang mga practice venues nila, we have to make sure those places are disinfected, at lahat ng equipment na hahawakan ng mga players natin ay disinfected din,” added the former league statistician.
Equally important is for all players to undergo testing.
“It’s to make sure that we have a clean bubble, and we have to protect that bubble,” stressed Marcial.
“If the situation improves, leading to the lifting of restrictions by August, then we can resume play in September,” he added.