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PBA could allow vaccinated fans in attendance

FILE – Fans fill the Araneta Coliseum during a final match between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco.

PBA could allow vaccinated fans in attendance

MANILA, Philippines – Once considered a dream, fan participation could return to the PBA for the first time since the pandemic.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said the possibility of having fans present during matches could arise as long as those entering gaming sites are vaccinated.

The PBA is still seeking approval from the Interagency Working Group on Emerging Infectious Diseases for its proposed July start for the 2021-22 season, and Marcial said they would explore the possibility of having fans at the inside the venues once they get the green light. of the government.

“If you are vaccinated you can enter the site, they just have to show their vaccination cards or if we already have these vaccine passports they can show it,” Marcial said in Filipino. “We never even dreamed of this before, but now I am.”

Fans could enter the game rooms at the start of the Semifinals of the Second Conference, but Marcial said any proposal to allow fans to participate in the matches still depends on the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

He said the current landscape of Metro Manila, which is in general community quarantine, must allow them to organize the season and then clear the fans.

“So far, everything is fine,” Marcial said. “But once the number of cases increases, it’s over. That’s why I always tell players to be careful.

As for the players, Marcial said he expects almost all of them to be vaccinated by July.


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