The Philippine Basketball Association revealed that they’re formulating a contingency plan in case an extreme lockdown is imposed while the Philippine Cup is ongoing. 

“We’re working on something, just in case,” PBA commissioner Willie Marcial told Inquirer on Thursday (July 29). 

“We have a ‘Plan B.’ It’s not yet final, though, as we’re still talking to concerned parties,” Marcial added.

Although their backup plan is now in the works, Marcial noted that they’re still observing the current situation as it still might change, specifically due to the presence of the more contagious COVID-19 variant Delta.

“We’re not yet certain on a lot of things,” the commissioner said. “The government may have a change of heart.”

“But I assure you, we’re preparing for any eventuality. This is to ensure that the PBA goes on,” he added. 

Marcial’s predictions eventually came true after Malacañang Palace announced that Metro Manila – currently under GCQ with heightened restrictions until August 5 – will revert to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) come August 6, which is set to last until August 20. 

According to the commissioner, they’re looking to continue the league in Lipa, Batangas once ECQ is enacted in Metro Manila. However, nothing has been confirmed yet.

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