Ping pong, snooker allowed during conditional MCO

PING pong and snooker centres are allowed to operate with no more than 10 people at one time inside during the conditional movement control order (MCO), said Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee.

He said that although snooker was still entertainment, it was allowed to operate as a sport but no other entertainment operations would be allowed inside the premises.

“Ping pong is allowed but as it is considered an indoor sport, there must be fewer than 10 person in the building or at the premises, ” he said when contacted on Wednesday.

Soon reiterated that sports and recreational activities involving crowds and where physical distancing is hard to observe is prohibited until Dec 6.

He had reportedly said such disallowed activities included camping, swimming or any activity that involves body contact.

Soon had also said competitions involving spectators and foreign participants are also prohibited during the period.

However, as stipulated by the National Security Council, he had said there is leniency involving some activities which are allowed by following existing standard operating procedures.

“Indoor and outdoor non-contact sports and recreational activities done individually or in a group not exceeding 10 people are allowed during the conditional MCO.

“These include walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics, hiking and fishing.

“Recreational parks under Penang Island City Council and Seberang Prai City Council and Penang Botanic Gardens will remain open to the public for the purpose of sports and recreation.

“However, Vision Park in Bertam and City Park in Ampang Jajar will remain closed.

“Commercial soccer fields, gymnasiums, futsal courts and badminton halls are allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm.

“The operation of commercial fields and futsal facilities is limited to practice sessions not involving physical contact and limited to a maximum of 10 people only, ” he had said in a statement on Sunday.

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