PBA: Commissioner mulls allowing restricted team workouts under GCQ


Posted at May 26 2020 09:53 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said he could allow team scrimmages in a general quarantine, as long as the number of participants are limited. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/file

PBA team workouts, albeit in small groups, could resume soon once the government downgrades COVID-19 restrictions to general community quarantine (GCQ) in the National Capital Region.

"Mass gatherings such as, but not limited to, movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities, community assemblies and non-essential work gatherings shall be allowed provided that participants shall be limited to 50-percent of the venue or seating capacity," the Inter-Agency Task Force monitoring the virus status in the country said in its latest guidelines.

The Metro Manila Council is reportedly leaning toward recommending easing of restrictions in the NCR from modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) by the end of May.

"Unti-unting balik sa normal ang plano ng gobyerno, at 'yun din naman ang tinitignan ng PBA," league commissioner Willie Marcial said in an article posted on the PBA website.

"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."

For now, players are trying to keep themselves in shape by working out at home with their trainer's guide online.

The league is looking to resume live activities in July. In August, the board will hold a meeting to discuss whether to continue PBA Season 45.

The PBA managed to hold one game Season 45 before it was forced to call an indefinite suspension at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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