Groups of 8 people maximum authorized for phase 3 sports activities
SINGAPORE: Groups of up to eight people will be allowed to participate in sporting activities when Singapore enters phase 3 of its reopening next Monday (December 28), up from five previously, Sport Singapore (SportSG) said on Thursday.
An additional service provider, such as an instructor or trainer, from an authorized company is also allowed to guide the group for organized programs and classes.
This means that team sports such as basketball, soccer, sepak takraw, hockey and volleyball can now resume in a 4v4 format. Up to eight rowers are also allowed in a dragon boat.
Individuals should maintain a distance of 2m or two arms while exercising or playing sports, SportSG said in an advisory.
If there is more than one group sharing a space, the groups should not interact and should keep a distance of 3m from each other at all times.
A distance of 3m should also be maintained for high intensity or high movement indoor exercise classes.
“It is not yet time for a 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2 formation (for football), but it gives sports fans additional options,” said the Minister of Culture, of Community and Youth and Second Minister of the Law Edwin Tong in a Facebook post Thursday.
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All sporting and recreational activities were able to resume when phase 2 of Singapore reopened in June. Combat sports that involve extensive body grappling, such as wrestling, mixed martial arts and jujitsu, were also allowed to resume in November.
In phase 3, SportSG said, the maximum number of people allowed at each facility will be limited based on its gross floor area, based on 8m² per person or 50 people, whichever is lower.
This applies to all outdoor, indoor and protected installations over 64 square meters. The limit is imposed to “minimize the risk of forming large clusters”.
“No facility, regardless of size, can admit more than 50 people without specific approval from Sport Singapore.
“Requests for such approval can be considered for large facilities which can be organized into separate facilities, each with its own limit,” SportSG said.
APPOINT A SECURE MANAGEMENT AGENT AS PART OF SECURE MANAGEMENT MEASURES
Facility operators should also put in place safe management measures before the opening of their sports and recreational facilities to minimize the risk of infection with COVID-19.
SportSG said operators should designate a senior member of staff as the safety management officer to ensure that safety management measures are followed.
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“The head of safety management will be responsible for formulating implementation plans, conducting inspections and controls, as well as keeping records for subsequent audits by the authorities,” he said. he indicates.
Other safe management measures include the implementation of SafeEntry for visitors and participants to facilitate contact tracing, screening and temperature checks, as well as to ensure safe distancing.
Operators should also avoid overcrowding at facilities and frequently disinfect common areas and interactive components such as smart kiosks and turnstiles. Equipment should be thoroughly wiped down and cleaned after use.
Indoor spaces should be well ventilated. For non-air-conditioned spaces, windows should be kept open and additional fans should be installed.
ActiveSG stadiums, studios, gymnasiums, indoor gyms and swimming complexes remain open to the public.
Reservations for ActiveSG and dual-use installations can be made through the ActiveSG app or at mvactivesg.com.
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Members of the public are encouraged to strictly follow the safe management measures in place at the facilities and to abide by the instructions of ActiveSG staff for their welfare, SportSG said.
MORE OPEN SPACES TO REOPEN TO THE PUBLIC
In addition to ActiveSG stadiums, lawns, playgrounds and open spaces in parks and state lands under the jurisdiction of the National Parks Board and the Singapore Land Authority will reopen for public use, SportSG said.
Organized group sports and exercise and physical activities can take place in these spaces.
“Members of the public are advised to be socially responsible when using these shared spaces and to observe these safe management measures,” he said.
Law enforcement officers and secure remote ambassadors will continue to be deployed around Singapore to ensure measures are followed.
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Seniors-focused activities can also continue in Phase 3 with safe management measures in place.
SportSG said government agencies will carry out inspections after Phase 3 of the reopening.
“Organizers and operators of fitness activities should not resume their activities until they are
can comply with safe management measures, ”SportSG said.
They are also required to submit the number of workers working on site through the GoBusiness portal and have a secure management plan covering metrics relevant to their operations within two weeks of resuming on-site operations.
“Sport Singapore will conduct on-site inspections, where businesses found not to comply with safe management measures may be required to close,” he said.
Mr. Tong said, “Sport is vital for our physical and mental well-being and as an enjoyable recreational activity.
“We want to ensure that more Singaporeans can play and participate in sport safely.”
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