The PBA is confident that they will be able to return to play this month and they are just waiting for the go-signal from Pampanga after the game was stopped in Metro Manila due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status.
There are no concrete details yet, as per the PBA, but they continue to negotiate with Pampanga which will serve as the venue of their bubble tournament this year.
“We are still waiting. There is still no definite date yet but we’re looking at the last week of August,” said PBA deputy commissioner Eric Castro.
The PBA has already submitted the official letter of request to Pampanga Gov. Dennis “Delta” Pineda.
As long as there is no approval in Pampanga, under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the PBA plans to stay in the province under a semi-bubble set-up as opposed to a closed-circuit or home-gym-home routine in Pasig City for their opener this month.
The planned set-up is triggered by strict border controls inside and outside the National Capital Region (NCR) and the expected further extension of restrictions due to the threat of the COVID-19 Delta.
So far, NCR has remained on ECQ until August 20 but it is not expected that it will be dropped immediately to GCQ where the PBA can return to NCR.