Recreation adhering to SOPs allowed at selected parks

SEVEN recreational parks in Penang will remain open for those who want to enjoy outdoor activities like jogging and walking during the movement control order (MCO) period.

The parks are Penang City Park and Relau Metropolitan Park under the Penang Island City Council (MBPP); Penang Botanic Gardens under the Botanic Gardens Department; and Mengkuang Dam, Teluk Bahang Dam, Ayer Itam Dam and Bukit Dumbar Park under the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP).

In a statement, Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said the parks are open from 7am to 7pm, and that jogging is limited to two people in a group and cycling can only be done alone in the neighbourhood.

“The public is advised to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Maintain physical distancing of 2m at all times in your neighbourhood.

“Do not go beyond the 10km radius travelling limit from your respective residences, ” he said.

Sporting events and competitions are not allowed during the MCO period.

“Sports and recreational activities where physical distancing cannot be maintained are prohibited.

“Those involving international participants are also not allowed, ” he said in a statement.

Soon added that all sports and recreational facilities under the Penang Sports Council (MSNPP) would also be closed during this period.

They are the MSNPP gymnasium, the gymnastic and gymrama hall, Silat Hall in Batu Uban; water sports activity centre in Tanjung Bungah; Titi Mukim sports complex in Teluk Air Tawar and Wisma Angkat Berat in Bukit Mertajam.

“Complying with the SOPs set by the National Security Council shows that we are committed in curbing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the community.

“The public are advised to adhere to the SOPs while carrying out recreational activities, ” he said.

Soon also said the Vision Park and Ampang Jajar Park, under the supervision of Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP), would remain closed.

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