STAY home, stay safe.
This was the message of the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), headed by Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra, to all professional athletes following the government decision to place the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
In a memorandum signed by Mitra dated March 27 and released to all professional sports stakeholders, GAB urged professional athletes to follow the newest order from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
“In view of the alarming spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in tge National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, the conduct of all health-enhancing activities and professional sports shall remain limited to solo or individual activities conducted indoors and anywhere within the individual’s private property beginning March 29 to April 4,” the memorandum, which was also posted on GAB’s official Facebook page, said.
Mitra also personally appealed to all professional athletes.
“As always, ang priority po natin sa GAB ay ang seguridad at kalusugan ng ating mga atleta at mga indibidwal na nasa pangangasiwa ng GAB. Mataas po ang bilang ng kaso ng COVID-19 kung kaya’t makabubuting manatili na muna tayo at sa bahay na lang mag-ensayo muna,” said Mitra.
“Hindi po biro ang COVID-19, hindi po tayo nakasisiguro na makakaiwas tayo kung kaya’t doble o triple ang pag-iingat,” added Mitra, who also recovered after testing positive early this month
“Mahirap po ang magka-sakit. Ako po ay nagpositibo rin at talagang sakripisyo ang pansamantalang malayo sa pamilya. Maayos na po ang kalagayan ko at pasalamat po tayo sa Panginoon.”
Among those health-enhancing outdoor activities not allowed under the ECQ are running, biking at aerobics.
Also affected are the bubble training of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) which announced the postponement of its Season 46th opening: and Philippine Volleyball League (PVL), which recently turned pro.