PBA games to resume on November 3

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THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) announced that it would resume its games on Tuesday, November 3, at the AUF Sports Complex in Pampanga.

This is to make sure that the league complies with the safety and health protocols that have been recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

With the health and safety of each of the 350 participants as the PBA’s top priorities in the bubble, the organization commits to comply with the latest recommendations from the IATF, which includes the completion of the 10-day isolation of the Blackwater player from the date of swabbing before he is able to rejoin the team.

Moving forward, any person who tests positive for the novel coronavirus must complete a 14-day quarantine and testing before entering the bubble.

In addition, the PBA will appoint an independent marshal who shall oversee and ensure compliance with health and safety protocols, as recommended by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

As an additional safety measure and in coordination with the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), the PBA will be assigned its separate temporary quarantine facility within the Clark Freeport Zone.

These additional protocols from health experts are put in place to ensure the integrity of the bubble.

The PBA also expressed that the “bubble” has not been breached in any way.

“We would like to reiterate that the PBA bubble has not been breached but we must always strengthen our protocols in consultation with the IATF and NTF to ensure the safety of everyone in the bubble,” a statement released by the PBA read. (JNP)