PBA's planned resumption of Season 45 by September would become more feasible if Metro Manila eases to a more relaxed quarantine.
This developed as the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), through the Joint Administrative Order signed by the Department of Health, Games and Amusements Board and Philippine Sports Commission, hinted at allowing pro play in low-risk areas.
"Practice and actual games for professional sports as well as combat sports may be allowed provided that the minimum public health standards are met," the order said.
"Provided further that participants have no symptoms consistent with COVID-19 for the past 14 days prior to resumption of the activity and subject to observance of self-quarantine and strict monitoring of health status after the activity," it added.
If ever, the games, however, would be played in closed-door venues.
The IATF sets the quarantine guidelines, protocols and restrictions subject to the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte. At posting time, being awaited is the decision of the Chief Executive on quarantine measures to be observed by August.
JAO, however, is more definitive in its approval of PBA's proposed non-scrimmage workout.
And in line with the government's directives, the 12 PBA ball clubs are all set to have their personnel tested in preparation for their return to their respective practice venues.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial expressed confidence the league remains on track for season resumption before the end of the year. (SB)