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Gyms, museums in NCR Plus allowed to reopen



The government has allowed the reopening of gyms and museums in Metro Manila and nearby provinces due to improving Covid-19 situation in the area.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on Thursday passed a resolution permitting the operations of gyms, fitness studios, skating rinks, and other indoor non-contact sports venues in the NCR Plus at 30 percent venue capacity.

However, the task force said the owners of the said establishments need to secure “Safety Seal” certifications, which prove that they are compliant with health protocols, before they can resume their operations.

The IATF also allowed the reopening of historical sites and museums in the capital region, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna at 20 percent venue capacity, following the approval of the local government units where these attractions may be situated.

Guided tours in historical sites and museums remain prohibited, according to the task force.

Health and safety protocols against Covid-19 should should be observed in the said establishments, the IATF added.

Gyms, fitness studios, and museums had been prohibited to operate since late March after the government tightened restrictions in the NCR Plus due to a fresh surge in coronavirus infections.

At present, Metro Manila and nearby provinces are under general community quarantine “with restrictions” until June 15.

Malacañang previously said that the region, home to some 24 million people, “might be de-escalated” to a more relaxed quarantine status due to improving Covid-19 situation.

The capital region’s utilization of intensive care units has gone down to about 53 percent. This is among the considerations for an area’s quarantine level, presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said on Thursday.

Earlier this month, the IATF allowed travelers from the NCR Plus area to vacation in provinces under modified general community quarantine until mid-June.

The Philippines has so far recorded 1.293 million coronavirus infections with 22,000 fatalities.