The PBA has ordered all of its teams to suspend practices and other related activities during the coronavirus pandemic.
A memorandum published on Friday afternoon is intended to implement a strict two-week ban on “practices, scrimmages and other related activities” from Saturday, March 14th.
"It was a step towards protecting our athletes and the PBA community," PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial told the investigator.
"It was an idea from Chairman (Ricky) Vargas and Vice Chairman (Bobby) Rosales that was promoted by the governor of the San Miguel team (Alfrancis Chua)," he added.
The move takes place hours after President Duterte's declaration that Metro Manila would be quarantined 30 days after the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.
A handful of PBA teams, including Meralco, Blackwater, Phoenix, and Alaska, had canceled their practice prior to the announcement.
TNT and Columbian were among the other teams that held training sessions on Friday.
"We will still assess the situation," said Marcial when asked about the movements of the league after the suspension expired.
"The government conducts daily reviews so that we can only follow their example."
According to Marcial, the PBA has now started working with a “skeleton workforce”, with most of its vulnerable employees already encouraged to work from their respective homes.
"Those with essential roles are on call," he added.
In the meantime, the Asean Basketball League (ABL) decided to suspend its season indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ABL COO Jericho Ilagan released a statement on Friday announcing the league's cessation. – WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA
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