BARANGAY leaders in Mandaluyong City were tasked today to take the lead in the management of basketball games and zumba activities in the city.
This came after the National Capital Region (NCR) was placed under Alert Level 2 by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID)
Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos said that while the IATF was able to place guidelines for professional basketball games regulated by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB), the Metro Manila Council had to deliberate on basketball games held at the barangay level.
Consultation with the IATF concluded that basketball games will be allowed to open as long as the barangay will limit each game for a maximum of 2 hours.
In addition, minimum health protocols should still be observed in every game. Only individuals who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to play. A barangay staff should also be assigned on site to take the temperature and to check the vaccination cards of participants.
“Anyone who enters a basketball court should still wear a face mask and log everyone going in and out. I suggest we should use our MandaTrack on basketball courts to make contact tracing much easier,” Abalos said.
Abalos added that they will explore giving incentives, such as allowing them to play without wearing face masks, to vaccinated individuals, especially children aged 17 and below who wish to play. “This can help encourage children to get vaccinated. We all know that many children are eager to go out and play now that they are allowed to do outdoor exercises.”
Meanwhile, Zumba classes may be held without wearing face masks if social distancing of at least two meters between individuals is observed. However, face masks should be worn again if participants will be conversing with each other after Zumba classes.
The city government will soon issue a resolution that will highlight the guidelines for the said activities.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Mandaluyong Sports Development Office Facebook page)