Officials of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) on Tuesday set bubble protocols for basketball players down to the hotel staff staying at the Quest Hotel here as a preventive measure amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
In a press conference, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president and chief executive officer Vivencio Dizon, CDC President, and CEO Noel Manankil, and PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said the basketball players who arrived at the bubble area are subjected to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests as part of the strict health and safety protocols.
Dizon said even coaches and hotel staff, as well as the driver of each bus assigned per team, will also undergo pre-entry protocols, including swabbing and strict quarantine protocols pending the test results.
He said all players and coaches have their respective QR codes as they enter the bubble as a contact tracing protocol.
“Ang protocols pag may nag-positive not necessarily hihinto ang game ([Under] the protocols, if someone turns positive, the games would not be necessarily halted). It depends upon the situation,” he said.
“We also discourage players (from doing) fist bumps and high fives during the game as part of the safety protocols,” he said.
Only 10 players and three referees are allowed not to wear their face mask during the game.
Marcial said no family members are allowed during the semifinals and finals.
“Just like the NBA. Virtual ang nakikita (It can be seen virtual), and no family members are allowed at the semifinals and finals,” he said.
The opening of the PBA bubble game is on October 9. The Quest Hotel is exclusive to the PBA bubble for three months.
Marcial also said players are allowed to leave in case of an emergency but can no longer go back to the bubble.
Meanwhile, Manankil thanked the PBA for choosing Clark as its official location for the PBA bubble.
“We are very thankful to the PBA. This is the first step in trying to help locators boost the economy in this freeport area. It is also a test of the resiliency of Clark in handling the Covid pandemic,” he said.
Dizon also said the PBA event gives hope to Clark in holding sporting events.
As of press time, nine PBA teams have arrived at the Quest Hotel in Mimosa. (PNA)