Go favors the resumption of sports activities in low risk areas topromote sports development

Go favors the resumption of sports activities in low risk areas to
promote sports development

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — As chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Senator
Christopher “Bong” Go expressed his support for the resumption of
contact sports in the National Capital Region and in low-risk areas
following the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force to place the
region under a more relaxed Alert Level 2 quarantine classification.

Mayors in Metro Manila have proposed allowing contact sports with the condition
that only fully vaccinated individuals participate or observe. The guidelines
are intended to encourage more Filipinos to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

Under the proposed guidelines formulated by the Metro Manila Council,
in coordination with the Department of Health, wearing of masks will
be optional during play. However, when not in play, players should
wear face masks and observe social distancing. Meanwhile, spectators
shall wear masks and observe social distancing at all times.

In addition, organizers and venue owners shall apply for the necessary
permit from the concerned local government unit and declare, among
others, the nature of event, number of participants, and event
duration.

Although COVID-19 cases are decreasing in number, event organizers and
venue owners should still be accountable for guaranteeing venue
capacity limits and follow the IATF rules. Indoor facilities should
only be allowed up to 50% of their capacity, and 70% for outdoor
venues. Only fully vaccinated adults will be accommodated.

“Ayon sa guidelines ng IATF, pwede na ang contact sports sa Alert
Level 2 areas. Kailangan lang pong magpaalam sa LGU na pagdarausan ng
mga laro at siguruhin ang kaligtasan ng mga manlalaro, manonood at
lahat ng involved sa mga contact sports na ito. May guidelines nang
binuo ang Metro Manila Council para masigurong ligtas ang mga laro,”
Go said in a statement.

“Ang lagi ko lang paalala, sundin ang capacity conditions na itinakda
ng IATF para maging ligtas ang pagsasagawa ng mga aktibidad na ito.
Palaging sundin rin ang mga minimum health protocols, katulad ng
pagsuot ng mask at pagsunod sa social distancing,” Go appealed.

Go also voiced his optimism that the eventual return of contact sports
to the country will attract more aspiring and professional athletes,
supporting the country’s long-term sports development.

“Sa pamamagitan ng pag-resume ng contact sports sa ligtas na paraan,
inaasahang makapagbibigay tayo ng konting kasiyahan sa ating mga
kababayan sa gitna ng krisis na ating pinagdadaanan at makapagbigay
din ng hanapbuhay sa ating mga kababayan,” Go said.

“Pero unahin po muna natin ang kalusugan ng lahat. Sa ngayon naman po,
binabalanse po ng ating gobyerno ang buhay at ekonomiya. Importante po
sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte ang buhay ng bawat tao,” Go ended. (ai/mtvn)

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