Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Non-contact sports venues, museums may reopen in NCR+

THE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has allowed non-contact sports venues, historical sites and museums in the NCR Plus to resume limited operations.

NCR Plus, which is under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions until June 15, 2021, consists of Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna.

IATF Resolution No. 120, which was approved on Thursday, June 10, allows gyms, fitness studios, skating rinks and racket sports courts to operate up to 30 percent of venue capacity.

These establishments are, however, required to secure Safety Seal certifications from the Department of Trade and Industry to ensure adherence to safety protocols against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The IATF also allowed historical sites and museums in the NCR Plus to reopen up to 20 percent of capacity provided that health and safety protocols are followed.

Approval of their respective local government units is also required.

“Guided tours in these historical sites and museums, however, remain prohibited,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

The government halted the operation of gyms in the last week of March 2021, when NCR Plus was reverted to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to a spike in Covid-19 cases. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo / SunStar Philippines)


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