IATF gives go signal for PBA, PFF teams to resume practice

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The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Diseases (IATF) gave the green-light for professional basketball, and football teams to hold practices amidst the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The approval came after the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), and the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) drafted protocols for their teams to resume practices, and submitted it to the IATF.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday, July 3 that the Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusement Board, and the Department of Health approved the joint administrative order on the guidelines for health enhancing physical activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pinayagan iyong practice at conditioning ng basketball at saka ng football sang-ayon sa request ng PBA at ng ibang mga football association,” Roque said during the Laging Handa press briefing.

The IATF earlier allowed the conduct of outdoor non-contact sports, and other forms of exercise in areas under general community quarantine as long as people observe the minimum public health standards, including the wearing of face masks, the maintenance of social distancing protocols, and non-sharing of equipment.

The allowed activities include walking, jogging, running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian, and skateboarding as among the sports activities, and exercises allowed in areas under general community quarantine.

The IATF also allowed indoor non-contact sports and sporting events to resume in areas under modified general community quarantine.

The number of participants allowed in sporting events and other forms of mass gatherings, however, will be limited to only 50 percent of the venue capacity or seating capacity.

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