MANILA, Philippines -- The PBA Board of Governors and commissioner Willie Marcial will meet in person next week to plan the steps needed to be taken for the league's eventual return to action.
PBA chairman Ricky Vargas and most of the board members are expected to be physically present in the meeting that will be held in the league office next Wednesday, where they will observe physical distancing protocols.
"First time na magkikita-kita. Pero 'yung gustong through online pa rin ang attendance, pwede naman," said Marcial, as quoted by the league website.
"Those who are showing up in the office will observe social distancing," he assured. "We're meeting in our video review room, which is about two and half times bigger than our regular conference (room), so we can strictly observe physical distancing."
The Board will discuss the protocols that will be implemented in team practices when the lockdown in Metro Manila is downgraded to the general community quarantine (GCQ).
More sports and physical fitness activities are allowed in areas under GCQ, although 5-on-5 basketball is still not permitted. Sporting events are also among the mass gatherings still banned.
The league, however, will still put together guidelines for the teams' return to training.
"What we're looking at ay makabalik lang for conditioning exercises ang mga players natin," Marcial explained. "Hindi kami magmamadali. Health and safety of all remain our paramount concern."
The PBA workforce will undergo COVID-19 testing on Saturday before returning to work in the league office on Monday. The facility in Libis, Quezon City will be disinfected on Sunday.
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