PETALING JAYA: Sports and recreation in open spaces that do not involve close physical interactions are allowed as of today, the Ministry of Youth and Sports said.
The ministry said permitted activities include jogging, cycling and other forms of exercise, but these should be carried out in neighborhoods or in the same district subject to the movement control order currently in force. force in the region.
The announcement came amid concerns and strong public backlash over standard operating procedures (SOPs) imposed on sports and recreational activities during the current period of MCO.
One of the country’s leading infectious disease experts and member of the World Health Organization’s Scientific Council, Professor Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, called on the government to allow members of the public to participate in outdoor sports .
Contactless activities in open areas must meet the minimum physical distance of 1.5m as well as existing SOPs for that particular area, the Youth and Sports Ministry said.
“The National Security Council (NSC) has met to consider the appeal of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to review the decision on sports and recreational SOPs at the MCO May 7-20,” a- he said in a statement yesterday.
Initially, all sporting and recreational activities in areas affected by MCO were not permitted for the next two weeks.
Other aspects for the sports and leisure sectors will be refined at the next CNS technical meeting.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican expressed gratitude to members of the NSC, in particular the Prime Minister, who took into account the ministry’s proposal.
He also called on fans and sports enthusiasts to continue fitness activities during the MCO period, for the sake of safety.
“We have not yet won the fight against Covid-19, and all parties should play a more effective role in order for the MCO application to achieve its goal this time around,” he said.
The government had placed Kuala Lumpur and several towns in Johor, Perak and Terengganu under MCO from May 7 to 20, following the same order over six districts of Selangor from May 6 to 17.