Penang closes all public parks and sports premises


ALL public parks and sports premises in Penang are closed during the nationwide full lockdown, said state youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee.

Included are Penang Botanic Gardens under the supervision of Botanical Gardens Department; Penang City Park, Relau Metro-politan Park and Taman Jajar public parks under the supervision of Penang Island City Council (MBPP).

“The decision to close Botanic Gardens, Penang City Park and Relau Metropolitan Park was made as we received complaints that some people were using the accesses for hiking activities.

“Recreational parks under the supervision of Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) that are outside of neighbourhood areas will also be closed during the lockdown, ” he said.

These parks include those in Bandar Ampang Jajar, Anjung Bagan, Vision Park, Taman Pantai and Ampang Jajar Kerian recreational park in Nibong Tebal.

All dams and parks under the supervision of Penang Water Supply Corporation will also be closed.

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 Penang Stadium and Open Area Corporation will remain closed too, ” Soon said in a statement on Monday.

Soon reminded Penangites that the only sports activities allowed during the lockdown are jogging and exercising alone without physical contact with others in open areas.

These can be done from 7am to 8pm in suitable open spaces within 10km from their residences.

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

“The exercise activities allowed include stretching and flexibility exercises, rope-skipping, star jumps and running in place, among others.

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

Unlike the previous rule of the movement control order, cycling is now no longer allowed.

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