Public parks and sports venues in Penang to close during lockdown

ALL public parks and sports premises in Penang will be closed during Phase One of the lockdown from Tuesday (June 1) to June 14, says state youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee.

This includes all parks under the supervision of the Botanical Gardens Department, both local councils and Penang Water Supply Corporation, he said in a statement on Monday (March 31).

“The Botanical Gardens under the supervision of the Botanical Gardens Department; Penang City Park, Relau Metropolitan Park and Taman Jajar public park under the supervision of the Penang Island City Council will be closed.

“We have decided to close the Botanical Gardens, Penang City Park and Relau Metropolitan Park as we received complaints that some members of the public were using the accesses for hiking activities.

“Recreational parks under the supervision of Seberang Prai City Council located outside neighborhood areas will also be closed during Phase One of the lockdown period.

“These are Bandar Ampang Jajar park, Anjung Bagan park in Butterworth, Vision Park, Taman Pantai, PBAPP Bukit DO recreational park and Ampang Jajar Kerian recreational park in Nibong Tebal.

“All dams and parks under the supervision of the water supply corporation will also be closed during Phase One of the lockdown period.

“The dams and parks include Ayer Itam Dam, Teluk Bahang Dam, Mengkuang Dam and Bukit Dumbar Recreational Park.

“All sports premises under the supervision of the Penang Stadium and Open Area Corporation and the local authorities will also remain closed, ” he said.

Soon added that the state government has decided that sports and recreational activities allowed in Penang are based on the latest standard operating procedures by the National Security Council (NSC) and the Youth and Sports Ministry.

“The permitted activities are restricted to jogging and exercising individually without physical contact in open areas.

“The public is allowed to carry out individual sports and recreational activities limited to jogging and exercising without contact from 7am to 8pm only in their neighborhoods within 10km of their residences.

“The public must adhere to a physical distance of at least 2m to 3m when jogging and exercising.

“The public is encouraged to exercise indoors to stay fit and break the chain of Covid-19 infection, ” he said.

On Sunday (May 30), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that sports and recreational activities would be limited to jogging and exercises that do not involve physical contact, and only from 7am to 8pm, during the nationwide full lockdown.

He said the activities may be carried out in neighbourhood parks but are subjected to the movement control order that is currently in force.

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