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Walking, jogging, biking now allowed

Kristina Maralit

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Filipinos can now step out of their homes to exercise during the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ), according to presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

Starting Saturday, Roque said Filipinos can now do brisk walking, jogging and biking anywhere in the country as long as safety protocols are observed like wearing face masks.

Restrictions will be lifted for non-contact sports in areas under GCQ.

“Limited contact sports like golf and tennis will be allowed under GCQ. Many will be happy but I would like to remind that these remain prohibited under MECQ,” Roque said.

However, people 60 years old and above and youth below 21 are still barred to leave their homes even under GCQ without valid reasons.

In a separate briefing Wednesday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said contact sports such as boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts remain banned under quarantine.

“Contact sports are not allowed for now. Maybe as we go down the road,” said Lorenzana, chairman of the National Task Force COVID 19.

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