Basketball pickup games under Alert Level 3? Not allowed, says Palace

Asia's Tech News Daily

© Provided by

WITH the downgrade of Metro Manila from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3, which will take effect on October 16, many NCR residents will get to once again go to places (cinemas, movie theaters, billiard halls) that have remained closed since the pandemic locked down the world a year and a half ago.

But one treasured Filipino pastime, however, still remains off-limits: basketball pickup games.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made this clear during a press briefing this week.

“Noong binasa ko po kanina [ang guidelines], pupuwede lang [ang 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,” said Roque in response to a reporter’s question.

Alert Level guidelines answer question: Is basketball allowed in Metro Manila?

Alert Level 3 is the middle tier of the five-level Alert Level System (ALS), which replaced the alphabet soup of community quarantines that prevailed during most of the pandemic. 

In the officially released ALS guidelines (as of October 13, 2021), contact sports are prohibited at Alert Level 5 (which corresponds to enhanced community quarantine), Alert Level 4, and Alert Level 3.

As Roque mentioned, however, contact sports conducted under “a bubble-type setup as provided for under relevant guidelines adopted by the IATF, Games and Amusement Board, and Philippine Sports Commission, and approved by the LGU” will be allowed at Alert Level 3.

Perhaps reprieve for people itching to play hoops again can be found at Alert Level 2, which states under Section 5.2.o that “contact sports approved by the LGU where such games shall be held” will be allowed.

However, the LGU must still clear the games, and restrictions on venue capacity for fully vaccinated people will still apply.

At the moment, the PBA Philippine Cup is marching steadily towards the finals inside a bubble in Bacolor, Pampanga. Sources told yesterday that the league had planned to return the final series to Manila during the downgrade back to Level 3, but were informed that this was against IATF policy.

However, under Alert Level 3, establishments like libraries, archives, museums, internet cafes, amusement parks, swimming pools, billiard halls, and movie houses — which have not opened in Manila since the global lockdowns last March — will finally be able to reopen, with a maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity (for fully vaccinated individuals) and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity.

In addition, limited face-to-face classes will also be allowed in the higher education and the technical education levels.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


FaZe Clan to reportedly rebuild entire VALORANT roster around babybay

© Provided by Dot Esports FaZe Clan is effectively hitting the reset button on its VALORANT roster for 2022. The organization is holding player trials for a rebuilt lineup around ... Read more »

Warzone Stealth Change Buffs UAVs to Counter Ghost Users

An unlisted change in the latest Call of Duty: Warzone patch has buffed UAVs, making them capable of countering players who use the Ghost perk. UAVs are perhaps the single ... Read more »

Messi wins Ballon d'Or for 7th time

© The Manila Times Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi reacts after being awarded the Ballon d’Or award during the 2021 Ballon d’Or France Football award ceremony at the Theatre ... Read more »

Fiorentina vs Sampdoria: Lineups and how to watch

© Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images Late news Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Italiano has thrown a curveball, benching both Nicolás González and Riccardo Saponara and opting for Riccardo Sottil ... Read more »

Boy Abunda conducted hosting, public speaking workshop to Kapuso stars

King of Talk Boy Abunda conducted a hosting and public speaking workshop with Kapuso stars. It again fueled rumors about his network transfer. © Provided by LionhearTV The TV host ... Read more »

UK PM Johnson says fresh COVID lockdown is unlikely

© Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE Workers walk towards Tower Bridge during the morning rush hour in London LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday a new COVID-19 lockdown ... Read more »

Tropical storm to enter PAR today, may exit quickly

© PAGASA Tropical storm to enter PAR today, may exit quickly MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is expecting a tropical storm to enter ... Read more »

Obiena: I will not change countries

© The Manila Times Ernest John Obiena FILE PHOTO OLYMPIC pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena said despite his troubles with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa), he ... Read more »

Putin warns Russia will act if NATO crosses its red lines in Ukraine

© Reuters/SPUTNIK Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the VTB Capital Investment Forum “Russia Calling!” in Moscow By Vladimir Soldatkin and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on ... Read more »

Every game mode in Smite explained

© Provided by Dot Esports Smite is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that pits gods from different pantheons against each other in a five-vs-five contest. Available on ... Read more »

Tats to change volley landscape

© STAR / File Tats to change volley landscape MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) president Tats Suzara is determined to change the landscape of volleyball in the ... Read more »

Judy Ann Santos umaming NASAKTAN nang i-remake ang Mara Clara

© Provided by Sa kanilang PEP Live interview, tinanong sina Judy Ann Santos at Gladys Reyes kung ano ang reaksyon nila nung hingan sila ng tila “turn over teaser” ... Read more »

HBO's 'Folklore' features Philippines' mystical side

© The Manila Times Multi-awarded director Erik Matti helms the Philippine episode of ‘Folklore Season 2.’ Multi-awarded director Erik Matti helms the Philippine episode of ‘Folklore Season 2.’ The Philippines ... Read more »

Active COVID-19 cases in PNP down to 54

© The STAR / Michael Varcas, file Active COVID-19 cases in PNP down to 54 MANILA, Philippines — The number of active COVID-19 cases in the Philippine National Police (PNP) is ... Read more »

Alleged Wahana scam founder, companion held

© STAR/File Alleged Wahana scam founder, companion held MANILA, Philippines — A woman accused of co-founding the Wahana investment scam, which reportedly stole millions of pesos from investors, was arrested ... Read more »

Woods rules out 'full-time' return

© The Manila Times Tiger Woods AFP FILE PHOTO Tiger Woods AFP FILE PHOTO LOS ANGELES: Tiger Woods has ruled out making a full-time return to professional golf as he ... Read more »

Sam Mewis traded to Kansas City Current

© Photo by Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images After spending 2017-2021 with the North Carolina Courage, with a stint with Manchester City that ended this past summer, USWNT midfielder Sam Mewis ... Read more »

FC Dallas announces roster moves for 2022 season

© Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports The wait is over, FC Dallas has announced their roster moves for the end of 2021 in preparations for the 2022 season. FC Dallas has ... Read more »

Carrick at the wheel and Rangnick in

© Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images New edition of The Busby Babe Podcast following a week of Michael Carrick as interim manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure. Colin and ... Read more »

Netizens Think Wil Dasovich's 'Letter From Nepal' Vlog Is Actually A Love Letter For Alodia Gosiengfiao

© Provided by Cosmopolitan Philippines Netizens believe that Wil Dasovich‘s recent vlog about Mount Everest is actually a love letter meant for his ex-girlfriend, Alodia Gosiengfiao. In the video, entitled ... Read more »

I refused to get an Elf on the Shelf. The pandemic changed my mind, and it's now my family's favorite holiday tradition.

© Provided by INSIDER John Bazemore/AP I’m a working mom with four boys under the age of seven.  I refused to get an Elf on the Shelf for years. I ... Read more »

UK aims to offer all adults COVID-19 booster shot by end of January

© Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS People begin to receive COVID-19 booster vaccine in Northampton LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he wants to offer all adults a ... Read more »

Where to buy a face mask UK - and you can now get festive designs

Looks like we’ll be needing these again. (Getty Images) Yahoo Life's editors are committed to independently selecting wonderful products at great prices for you. We may receive a share from ... Read more »

What is Twitch? A beginner's guide to the streaming platform

© Provided by Dot Esports It’s impossible to become truly indoctrinated into gaming and esports culture without knowing about Twitch—and probably visiting the site numerous times. Formerly, Twitch is ... Read more »

Bong Go backs out

Updated at 12:09 a.m. Dec. 1, 2021 SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday announced his withdrawal from the presidential race, saying his family was against it. “Ayaw rin talaga ... Read more »

Over 500K AstraZeneca doses donated by South Korea arrives in Philippines

In this file photo taken on March 18, 2021 vials with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are pictured at the vaccination center in Nuremberg, southern Germany. Christof Stache/AFP AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine Oxford-AstraZeneca ... Read more »

Dreams launches new dungeon crawler and enhanced creation mode

© Provided by GamePur Dreams, Media Molecule’s most ambitious project to date, came and went without much fanfare. After six years of development, it didn’t make anywhere near the same ... Read more »

In a Nutshell: What You Need to Know About Pinatubo's "Weak Explosion"

© Provided by PHOTO BY Shutterstock (Used for illustrative purposes only) © Provided by PHOTO BY Shutterstock (Used for illustrative purposes only) ( As people are either taking ... Read more »

Philippines should pursue gas drilling in Recto Bank, says solon

johnny pimentel A lawmaker on Tuesday said two offshore gas drilling activities in Recto Bank must be pursued for the Sampaguita gas discovery despite China’s continued incursions at the Philippine ... Read more »

Zendaya Bares Her Back in a Vintage Skeletal Dress

Photo credit: Marc Piasecki – Getty Images Zendaya knows how to make an entrance. Yesterday, the Emmy-winning actress walked the red carpet for the Ballon d'Or photo-call at the Théâtre ... Read more »

“Cowboy Bebop”, maar dan vrolijker en vriendelijker

NSowboy Bebop oorspronkelijk een Japanse Space western animatieserie uit 1998, die tijdens 26 aflevering en enéén film hetlevenvan vier laconieke premiejagers en hun hond volgt. Ze Proberen op een ruimteschip, ... Read more »

The pandemic's ruthless toll -- Covid orphans up for sale!

Children who lost their parents to the pandemic might be falling prey to illegal adoptions, and possibly trafficking, as an India Today investigation found several unscrupulous elements offering Covid orphans ... Read more »

European diplomats: still waiting to see if Iran talks to resume where ended in June

© Reuters/Leonhard Foeger FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna VIENNA (Reuters) – European powers are still awaiting confirmation ... Read more »

Regeneron says Covid antibody treatment may be less effective against Omicron

© CHANDAN KHANNA A man enters the Regeneron Clinic at a monoclonal antibody treatment site in Pembroke Pines, Florida, on August 19, 2021. The manufacturers of the Covid-19 treatment are ... Read more »

CHED inspects training facilities of NCAA schools, eyes bubble setup for sports practices

NCAA The Commission on Higher Education has started inspecting the training facilities of the NCAA schools ahead of the possible resumption of collegiate sports. According to Cedric Castillo’s report on ... Read more »

J'Neil Bennett returning early from Crew Alexandria loan due to injury

© Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images By all accounts, J’Neil Bennett was having a pretty decent loan in League One with Crew Alexandria this season, but that loan ... Read more »

Monet pienyrittäjät ovat kauhuissaan työmarkkinatuen lakkaamisesta – "En saa käytännössä mistään rahaa"

© Lehtikuva Koronasta kärsivien yrittäjien työmarkkinatuki lakkaa kuun vaihteessa. LEHTIKUVA / Mesut Turan Antti Autio Koronasta kärsivien yrittäjien työmarkkinatuki lakkaa kuun vaihteessa. Monet pienyrittäjät ovat kauhuissaan tilanteesta, sillä työmarkkinatuki on ... Read more »

Soccer-Germany set to ban fans from Bundesliga games - Saxony premier

© Reuters/MICHELE TANTUSSI CDU, CSU and the Greens hold exploratory talks in Berlin BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany will decide on Thursday that all Bundesliga matches should be played in empty stadiums ... Read more »

Klopp urges Liverpool not to lash out in revenge at Everton

© Peter Byrne Virgil van Dijk (left)will face Everton for the first time since suffering cruciate ligament damage at Goodison Park 13 months ago Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool cannot lose ... Read more »

Tiger Woods fighting to return, 'grateful' to have life, leg

© Reuters/Mike Segar FILE PHOTO: Tiger Woods during the final round of The Masters Tiger Woods continues fighting to return to the game of golf while recognizing reality is a ... Read more »
On you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic