Reopening of six parks mulled

Jagdeep (right) giving Deepavali goodies to council workers on the island and mainland. Present is Yew (left).

SIX out of 187 parks under Penang Island City Council which are closed to the public may be reopened if the Covid-19 situation eases.

The six parks are those at the Esplanade, the Japanese Garden, Jalan Gangsa, Lorong Delima 9, Lorong Delima 11 and Solok Tembaga.

Penang housing, town, country planning and local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said access to the remaining 181 parks remained open for exercise and recreational activities.

“Although the other parks are open, usage of equipment in the parks is prohibited.

“Same rules will apply for the six parks that are closed if they are reopened.

“We are studying if the parks are ready to be reopened, ” he said.

According to Jagdeep, there are still seven active clusters in Penang and 12,557 tests have been conducted.

“The clusters are Intan, Bayan, Permatang, Alma, Penang Remand Prison, Seberang Prai Prison and Tembaga.

“Out of 12,557 tests conducted, 1,340 cases were detected, ” he said.

Jagdeep, together with MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang, later handed out Deepavali goodies to 570 council workers, who were regarded as frontliners amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jagdeep said the handouts were to recognise the contributions of about 1,900 council workers on the island and 3,000 on the mainland.

Meanwhile, Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) had announced that Bukit Dumbar Recreational Park, Ayer Itam Dam and Teluk Bahang Dam are closed to the public temporarily until Dec 6.

PBAPP also announced that the opening of the expanded Mengkuang Dam would be postponed until further notice.

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