Good news for sports enthusiasts


Futsal courts (pic, above) and badminton courts (pic, below) are among indoor games venues that are likely to see players returning for friendly matches with the relaxation of SOP for those who have completed two vaccine doses. — Filepic

STARTING today, the fully vaccinated will get to indulge in both indoor and outdoor sports even in groups, except for activities in gyms and fitness studios.

Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said as per the ruling from National Security Council, the fully vaccinated could also dine-in at the eateries of club houses, while sports activities could be enjoyed from 6am to 10pm daily.

Other than the exclusion of gyms and fitness studios, competitions and championships are also prohibited and spectators and supporters must not be present.

However, sports events organised by Malaysian Foot- ball League, Youth and Sports Ministry, Petronas Cub Prix and those with approval from the ministry are allowed.

“The operation of all sports and recreational facilities need to be in accordance with standard operating procedures.

“Only up to 60% of the workforce are allowed at the facilities, including management and operations staff.

“For indoor facilities and commercial recreational centres, a maximum capacity of 50% of the staff is allowed.”

He said individual and group contact sports were open only to the fully vaccinated with a 50% usage capacity and not more than 80 individuals at any one time.

Inter-district travel for sports and recreation is permissible for those who are fully vaccinated as long as they show their digital vaccination certificates.

Parents can bring along children aged 17 and below for such activities.

Soon added that those who were not fully vaccinated were allowed to carry out individual sports, recreation and leisure activities without physical contact outdoors from 6am to 10pm.

He also said the State Stadium in Batu Kawan and MBSP Sports Complex in Jalan Betek, Bukit Mertajam, would be closed for the time being.

The stadiums in Bertam, Sony Sports and Recreation Complex in Seberang Jaya and MBPP Relau Sports Complex will be open and the public can book their slots online.

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