Manila, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the reopening of gyms, fitness center and museums NCR Plus.
As per Resolution No. 120, dated 10 June 2021, gyms, fitness studios, museums and other non-indoor contact sports are allowed at 30% capacity in Metro Manila and other nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal provided with Safety Seal Certification issued from the local government.
Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal (NCR Plus) is currently placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with restrictions.
Re-opening of non-indoor contact sports
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced on Friday, June 11 the reopening of the non-indoor contact sports.
“The Inter-Agency Task Force on Thursday, June 10, 2021, allowed the opening of indoor non-contact sports venues with Safety Seal Certifications such as gyms, fitness studios, skating rinks, and racket sports courts in the National Capital Region Plus areas at 30% venue capacity,” Secretary Harry Roque said in a press statement.
Non-indoor contact such as gyms have been shut down for over two (2) months (March 29) since the NCR Plus was placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) due to surge of Covid-19 infections.
Re-opening of museums
Meanwhile, museums and other historical sites are also allowed to operate in NCR Plus at 20% capacity.
The coronavirus task force also allowed the reopening of historical sites and museums in NCR Plus at 20 percent venue capacity, the Secretary said.
Secretary Harry Roque said “they must follow health and safety protocols and have the approval of their respective local government units”.
However, the guided tours in the historical sites are strictly prohibited.
Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat of the Department of Tourism said that the IATF-EID approved the safety measure through Resolution No. 120 that was signed on Thursday.
“Our historical sites and museums in the NCR Plus Area may welcome visitors following the easing of quarantine restrictions. This is part of our efforts to restart tourism and leisure activities in a safe and steady manner, and to help bring back employment,” Secretary Puyat said in a press statement.
Secretary Puyat added that “Visitors are still urged to follow the minimum health and safety standards set for historical sites and museums to prevent a possible Covid-19 outbreak”.
Here is the copy of the Resolution No. 120, dated 10 June 2021,
COVID-19 Latest Updates in the Philippines
The number of active cases in the Philippines is continuously increasing to 61,345 with 6,686 reported new cases as of June 11.
As announced by the DOH, there were 3,190 new recoveries giving the total number of recoveries to 1,216,497.
DOH likewise reminded the public to practice the use of protective measures such as wearing mask and wearing face shield.
The Department also encourages the people to practice proper sanitation such as using alcohol-based or washing hands this also may protect us from spreading the virus.
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