Golf, tennis can resume, but no to basketball and contact sports, says DTI’s Lopez

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Posted at May 09 2020 10:44 PM

Gyms could be back in business, too, but guidelines needed

The government may soon allow non-contact sports, such as tennis, table tennis and golf to resume action, when it eases restrictions in some parts of the country in relation to COVID-19. 

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said in an interview on DZMM Saturday that they could also let fitness facilities reopen, citing the importance of physical activity.

"Ang Department of Health ay maglalabas ng guidelines para mapayagan na ang ilang activities lalo na 'yung contactless (sic), 'yung 'di nagbabanggan o nagko-contact ang players," he said.

"For example 'yung mga walking, running, biking, singles sports na badminton, tennis o table tennis. 'Yung mga walang katabi at nagbabanggan . . . Kasama na ang golf sa mga mao-open." 

Such activities were not included in the government's Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 initial list of guidelines.

"(Pero) napag-usapan natin sa IATF in recognition of the need for physical activities for mental health," Lopez said.

He said fitness establishments such as gyms will also be allowed to operate provided that there will be safety measures in place.

"Basta may minimum safety requirements tulad ng pagsuot ng mask, gloves and all of that," said Lopez.

But contact sports such as basketball, volleyball and combat sports will still be prohibited to prevent the possible spread of the virus.

"(Ang mga sports) kung saan nangkakadikitan kayo, 'yun ang mga high risk," Lopez said.

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