May 29, 2020

PBA personnel undergo COVID test, then return to work

THE PBA Commissioner's Office workforce, from the league commissioner himself down to the office security personnel, take their turn to undergo COVID-19 test on Saturday in preparation for their physical return to work, coinciding with Metro Manila's transition to general community quarantine on Monday.

Part of the league's preparation for the full reopening of the league office in Libis, Quezon City is a thorough six-hour disinfection procedure Sunday where all parts and all corners of the premises are to be foamed, misted and disinfected.

Then half of the personnel report for work Monday, starting a rotation of duty which will shift to full force upon the release of the results of the test.

"Of course, we're hoping everybody's negative and that we can all go back to attend our duties - full force by June," said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.

With NCR's shift to GCQ, the PBA is also bracing for the ball clubs' baby steps towards their return to bigger activities, hopefully all the way to the saving of PBA Season 45.

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League executives are expected to coordinate with government officials with regards protocols on what activities ball clubs are allowed to do under GCQ.

Per the initial Inter-Agency Task Force resolution, athletes and enthusiasts of some individual sports are allowed in the relaxed quarantine period. These include running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian and skateboarding.

"This makes us optimistic that our teams can be allowed to return to the gym for individual workouts by shift," said Marcial.

On Wednesday, the PBA board of governors convenes in a meeting to draft their guidelines and protocols. (SB)