Outdoor basketball games still prohibited under alert level 3

Published October 15, 2021, 11:02 AM

by Ellson Quismorio

Pickup basketball games on the street–a familiar Filipino hobby–are still prohibited under alert level 3 in the National Capital Region (NCR), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

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Roque made the clarification Thursday, Oct. 14, as he responded to a reporter’s question during a virtual press conference on whether or not outdoor basketball would finally be allowed again.

Before this, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) released its revised guidelines on the Alert Level System (ALS), in time for lowering of alert level in NCR from alert level 4 to alert level 3 from Oct. 16 to 31, 2021.

“Noong binasa ko po kanina [yung guidelines], pupuwede lang iyan (basketball) kung bubble-type at saka mayroong relevant guidelines adopted by the IATF, the Games Amusement Board (GAB) at iba pa, iyong approved ng LGU (local government unit) (When I read it earlier, it says basketball is only allowed in a bubble-type situation and under relevant guidelines adopted by the IATF, the GAB, and those approved by the LGU),” Roque said.

Basketball, beloved by Filipinos in general, is a team contact sport.

Contact sports are listed as prohibited under the revised guidelines, “except those conducted under a bubble-type setup as provided for under relevant guidelines adopted by the IATF, [GAB], and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), and approved by the LGU [local government unit] where such games shall be held”.

An example of basketball games held in a bubble situation are those being played by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). The PBA bubble was set up in Bacolor, Pampanga in order to launch games for the professional league’s 46th season.

Click here to see the complete list of allowed and prohibited activities under alert level 3.

The ALS is exclusively being implemented in the NCR.