‘Exercise within own residential area’

People abiding by the SOP and keeping their distance from others while jogging in Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur.

ENFORCEMENT officers in Ampang Jaya are authorised to check joggers’ details to determine if they are exercising in their own neighbourhoods during the current lockdown.Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) said in the course of carrying out enforcement of the standard operating procedure (SOP) during the movement control order, officers could ask joggers for proof of their address including checking identification.

“If their residential address is outside of the neighbourhood they are exercising in, action can be taken under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, ” MPAJ press relations officer Norhayati Ahmad said in a statement.

She added that according to the National Security Council (NSC) SOP, sports and recreational activities were limited between 7am and 8pm to jogging and light exercises that did not involve physical contact.

Her statement followed a recent incident where eight joggers, who were caught exercising outside of their residential areas, were fined during a spot check at the Taman Tun Abdul Razak jogging track on June 6.

The track is located within the municipality.

Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Farouk Eshak said a check found that those fined were jogging outside their neighbourhood of residence.

He said compound notices were issued under Regulation 17 P.U (A) 243/2021 of the Infectious Regulations (Measures Within Local Infected Areas).

Under the latest NSC rules, physical distancing requirements have become stricter as people must be two to three metres apart when exercising.

Cycling has been omitted from the list of activities allowed under sports and recreation.

At the same time, all sports and recreational facilities –- both public and private –- are required to remain closed throughout the lockdown until June 14.

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