Authorities: Follow SOP when exercising outdoors


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Several people jogging early in the morning. - filepic

NOW that public parks are open to all, Selangor folk are urged to be disciplined and follow the rules without having to be warned by enforcement personnel.

State authorities say they cannot station officers to check on park-goers at every public park and are asking for their cooperation.

Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han said joggers must adhere to the rules laid out by the National Security Council (MKN).

“We are following the standard operating procedures (SOP) from MKN. I urge those who want to go jogging to follow it too.

“The rules are practicing social distancing and no group exercises or contact sports can be carried out yet, ” he said.

He added that there are thousands of parks and playgrounds in Selangor and it was impossible to station an officer at each park to monitor park-goers.

Officers will, however, carry out regular checks through the respective local councils, he added.

Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) corporate communications department deputy director Ahmad Fauzi Ishak said enforcement officers would be carrying out their usual scheduled checks on all council owned parks.

“We cannot afford to station an officer there to monitor the area but we will diligently do checks and also attend to public complaints, ” he said.

MPS will put up signboards at all parks to remind visitors on what can and cannot be done.

“For now, our rules are that visitors can only jog alone and the wearing of face masks is encouraged but not compulsory.

“However, social distancing is a must and visitors must be responsible to ensure they follow the rules at all times, ” he said.

Visitors are also not allowed to have any form of group exercise, picnics, and all public playgrounds are still banned.

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) corporate communications head Shahrin Ahmad said only jogging was allowed and all group activities or sports were still disallowed.

“We cannot monitor the parks 24/7, so we urge all park-goers to obey the rules set by MKN and to always practise social distancing when jogging, ” he said.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) corporate communications assistant director Ahmad Iskandar Mohamed Mukhtar said all park-goers are advised to visit the park that is closest to their homes and not visit those located far away from home.

“Visitors must also always practise social distancing, put on a mask if possible and bring with them a hand sanitiser while jogging.

“Fishing activities are only allowed if the individual has a valid fishing pass which is issued by our Landscape Department.

“Hiking and camping activities at the Hutan Pendidikan Bukit Gasing and Urban Park 1-5 are still not allowed, ” he warned.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) corporate and strategic management deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said it was impossible to monitor every jogger at the 566 parks under its jurisdiction.

“We will carry out patrolling at the parks every morning and evening. Those who break the rules will be advised to either disperse or to adhere to the rules.

“So far there have been no major incidents relating to parks and all are compliant, ” he said.

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