THE government announced that non-contact sports venues in Metro Manila and the adjoining provinces of Rizal, Laguna, Cavite and Bulacan are now allowed to reopen but on a calibrated capacity.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an announcement that non-contact sports venues within NCR Plus would be allowed to resume operation but only at 30 percent venue capacity and after they have secured a Safety Seal Certification from the Department of Trade and Industry.
Among the indoor non-contact sports venues that had just been given the green light to resume operations are gyms, fitness studios, skating rinks, and racket sports courts.
Gyms have been closed since NCR Plus was placed on stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ protocol since March 27 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Aside from non-contact sports venues, the government has also allowed the reopening of historical sites and museums in NCR Plus areas but only at 20 percent venue capacity. Health and safety protocols must also be strictly observed and the local government unit where these sites are located should approve of such reopening.
Interestingly, guided tours in these historical sites and museums remain prohibited as per the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.