Council parks open for limited use

Yew (right) sharing a light moment with visitors at City Park. Although the park remains open, the playground area is sealed off to prevent the spread of virus via the touching of equipment surfaces.

PUBLIC parks like the Penang City Park and Relau Metropolitan Park will remain open to the public for exercise purposes during the movement control order (MCO) but only non-contact sports will be allowed.

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said the council parks will still be open to the public for individual activities like cycling, jogging, walking and exercising.

“This is subject to SOP adherence by the public.

“For outdoor activities, people can conduct activities like cycling, jogging and walking within their districts, ” he said during a press conference after visiting the City Park yesterday.

Yew said indoor activities like badminton, gyms and snooker, will not be allowed.

He said the council indoor recreational spaces like badminton courts will have to be closed in all areas due to the MCO.

“The public can only conduct outdoor activities.

“At the Penang City Park, we instructed enforcers to go on the ground to ensure that everyone adheres to the SOP.

“We will control and limit the number of people to 250 within the park at any one time.

“For today, the park received 126 visitors throughout the entire morning, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) announced that its parks will be closed to the public during the MCO period.

The parks that will close include the Ayer Itam dam, Teluk Bahang dam, Mengkuang dam and Bukit Dumbar park.

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