PBA's bubble in Clark gets provisional approval from IATF

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 24) — The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) gets provisional approval to resume its Philippine Cup on Oct. 11.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) gave the league’s bubble in Clark, Pampanga a go signal, which will give way to scrimmages, and games as its 45th season pushes through after a six-month break.

“May authority na ang PBA na mag begin dahil ang provision na yun kailagan ay i-adjust ngayon ang agreement ng GAB at DOH para ma-reflect yung mas stricter provisions doon sa PBA bubble,” said National Task Force deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon in a virtual press conference on Thursday. (GAB is Games Amusement Board.)

[Translation: The PBA now has an authority to begin and the agreement between GAB and DOH may be adjusted to reflect stricter provisions in the PBA bubble.]

All 12 teams must go through testing before entering the bubble and will undergo a five-day home quarantine and regular testing will still be implemented while they are inside the bubble, Dizon added.

During games, players on the bench also need to wear face masks until it’s their turn to play, while everyone inside needs to use the government’s StaySafe contact tracing app.

The Clark bubble is modeled after the National Basketball Association's (NBA) bubble at Disney World in Florida, USA.

Its gates will open for the players and coaches on Sept. 28. The actual games will be held at the gymnasium of the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City.

CNN Philippines correspondent Pauline Verzosa contributed to this report.