Planning to exercise? DOH says to ditch the gym, do it at home instead


Posted at Apr 25 2020 11:05 PM

MANILA—The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday urged the public to work out at home amid concerns exercising outside could lead to detention for violating strict lockdown rules.

“Sa tuwing iminumungkahi namin na mag-exercise para palakasin ang ating resistensiya, ang ibig naming sabihin dito ay ehersisyo sa loob ng ating bahay hangga’t makakaya,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a televised briefing.

(When we say exercise and be healthy, do it at home as much as possible.)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday extended the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and other parts of the country considered high risk for coronavirus transmission.

As the government keeps the lockdown in place, millions of Filipinos are ordered to stay home for another 2 weeks and can only go out for essential runs in a bid to rein in the spread of COVID-19.

Due to the threat of the novel coronavirus, the DOH is not yet recommending the opening of fitness centers and gyms.

“Ayon sa IATF (inter-agency task force) guidelines natin tungkol sa general community quarantine, isa ang fitness center na mananatiling nakasara dahil sa posibilidad na baka doon kumalat ang impeksiyon,” Vergerie said.

(According to the IATF guidelines on general community quarantine, fitness centers should remain close because it's a facility that could spread the infection further.

Latest official figures show that the 7,294 people in the Philippines have caught the highly-contagious disease. Of the number, 494 have died while 792 have recovered from COVID-19.