The PBA added stricter measures to its health protocols just a week after the Philippine Cup kicked off in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Starting on Wednesday, July 21, all team members, including the coaching staff, are required to wear their masks when sitting on the bench.
The new measures came a day after the league announced the postponement of two games as four TNT Tropang Giga players tested positive for the virus.
Coaches can take off their masks when communicating with the team but need to put them back immediately after.
Violating the protocol will warrant a warning from game officials, while failure to heed the warning will lead to a corresponding technical foul on improper bench decorum.
Also, players now have to follow a seating arrangement on the bench as they are assigned their respective seats through their jersey numbers.
Players have to place their belongings such as mask, water bottle, towel, and other game essentials on the left side of their seats.
Once substituted in, players need to leave their warmers on their own seats.
For players who have been subbed out, they can opt to stay in a "rest area" beside the team bench where they can catch their breath without wearing their masks.
As soon as they return to the bench, players need to put their masks on.
TNT already put its entire team in isolation, while the Terrafirma Dyip have also been subjected to isolation after being the first team to face the Tropang Giga last July 17. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.