Mayors’ recommendations still need to be approved by the IATF
MANILA—The Metro Manila Council has recommended a set of guidelines when hosting contact sporting events in the NCR.
This developed as the inter-agency task force turned on green events in areas under Alert Level 2, the second most lenient in a government alert level system put in place to curb the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In the recommended guidelines, read out by MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos at a press conference on Saturday, everyone at the venue – players and spectators – must be fully vaccinated before being allowed to play or play. watch sporting events, indoors or outdoors.
Contact sports, although not specifically mentioned by Abalos, are described as games which:
- Emphasize or require physical contact between players;
- Accumulate scores by deliberately kicking, punching or impacting an opponent; Where
- Presents the risk of contact between players, “if considered accidental, fouled or penalized according to the rules of the game”.
“Considering that in the conduct of a contact sport, players are subject to contact, while spectators are made to applaud, jeer or shout, only vaccinated adults and minors are permitted to play or watch whether in an organized protest or not,” Abalos said.
“Ang hinihingi namin, maski sa labas, bakunado, mas hinihigpitan namin.”
(We ask that they be fully vaccinated, even [if the event will be held] outside. We are more strict with this.)
People are considered fully vaccinated if it has been 2 weeks since their second dose, or 2 weeks after being bitten with a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson and Johnson.
Players must also wear their mask when sitting on the bench. They are allowed to remove them while playing. Spectators and other staff must wear such a mask at all times.
Organizers must also obtain permissions from the LGU where the event will take place and declare important information about the event, such as the number of participants. They must also ensure the implementation of public health standards, such as the collection of participant health declaration forms, the verification of vaccination cards, among others.
If it is a small-scale street league, which the MMC defines as an “unorganized event”, the NCR mayors recommend obtaining permission from a barangay official or property owners. premises.
“The relevant official and/or venue owners must oversee and ensure compliance with venue capacity and vaccination requirements. Siguro marami tayong tanod diyan, hihingi lang ang vaccination card, ‘yung mga ganoon, are vaccinated or not.),” Abalos said.
Abalos, however, reiterated that these were still recommendations pending pandemic task force approval.