PBA return pushed back again as Metro Manila under MECQ anew

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Aug 03, 2020 12:43 PM
PBA return pushed back again as Manila under MECQ anew
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Following another late-night announcement Sunday, Metro Manila is once again under a modified enhanced community quarantine.

The new quarantine measures will take effect starting August 4 and will last until August 18.

The PBA is directly affected, as sports gatherings are not allowed under MECQ, resulting in another speed bump to the league's planned return.

"The government knows what is good for us, and we conform with their orders. We will follow the guidelines and will wait for the next word from them with regards to restrictions on whatever quarantine status we're in," PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said.

"As for the 14-day return of Metro Manila to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), I look at it as a short detour that we'll pursue in the hope of getting our teams back in the gym at the right time," Marcial added.

The PBA earlier received official government approval to start team practices by small batches.

[Related: PBA hopeful for 2020 return after getting practice green light]

Pending COVID-19 swab testing for all teams, which were scheduled later this week at Makati Med, teams were on track to return to the court by next week.

Now, all plans have been pushed back, including the swab testing.

"We have no recourse but to adjust the schedule of our activities. The supposed swab testing of the players at the Makati Med on Aug. 6-7 will be pushed back," Commissioner Marcial said.

"Ngayon, we'll communicate with them [PBA teams] to inform them that we'll have to hear the next call of the government," he added.

As of Sunday, August 2, hours before the MECQ announcement, the Philippines has recorded 103,185 positive COVID-19 cases.


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