PBA bubble delegates test negative for COVID-19, starts bubble practice

PBA teams and personnel resulted negative from the COVID-19 swab testing conducted upon arrival at Clark Freeport, Pampanga.

/ 2 October 2020

After being quarantined for two days in wait for the swab test results, all teams were cleared from coronavirus disease, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed on Thursday.

“That means our closed-circuit bubble [before heading to Pampanga] was effective. Everyone was really disciplined and everyone took good care of themselves,” he said in an interview with ESPN.

Trailing the results, Willie Marcial released the official practice schedule for all the players with their respective squads.

Teams of Magnolia, Meralco, Phoenix, Terra Firma, and TNT were the first to practice at the Angeles University Foundation Gymnasium on Thursday.

Each team has their designated practice floors. Meralco Bolts and Terra Firma Dyip make use of the second floor of the main gym. Phoenix Fuel Master and Magnolia Hotshots made their drills on the fourth floor of the same building.

During the interval, TNT KaTropa was the last to use the practice gym after a thirty minutes sanitation procedure.

Although the swab tests turn negative, health and safety protocols are strictly implemented requiring each player to wear a mask while on the bench and steering clear from unnecessary physical contact.

The remaining teams, Blackwater, NorthPort, Rain or Shine, Alaska, Barangay Ginebra, NLEX, and San Miguel are expected to hit the ball on Friday once all test results are negative.