No Running: Cops Ordered to Enforce Ban on Outdoor Exercise

Biking, brisk walking, and jogging are not allowed.

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(SPOT.ph) Much to the dismay of runners and bikers in the Philippine capital, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos announced on August 10, Tuesday that outdoor exercises like brisk walking, running or jogging, and biking are banned during the two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila. This was, according to him, agreed upon by all mayors in the region in an effort to avert another surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. And in a statement on August 11, Wednesday, it was made official that the Philippine National Police is set to strictly enforce this ban until August 20.

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"The ban on outdoor activities is a decision of our Metro Manila mayors that your [Philippine National Police] (PNP) must implement for the benefit of all, especially since there are already many confirmed cases of children, including infants, being infected with COVID-19. Our country is once again considered 'high-risk' on the issue of COVID-19 so our government should take the appropriate actions so that the situation does not worsen which could have a serious impact on our OFWs who have to leave to work, in the economy of our country and above all the health and safety of all," Police General Guillermo Eleazar said in a statement.

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Prior to this, some outdoor exercises like walking around, jogging, and biking were allowed by local government units from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m during the second enforcement of enhanced community quarantine in April.

"Your PNP calls on some of our compatriots not to get upset and contradict this policy because it is justified amid the continuous increase of COVID-19 cases in our country, especially in Metro Manila. Let us obey this commandment because it is for the salvation of all. If we don’t follow the rules we will definitely last longer in the ECQ. This is just a small sacrifice to prevent the further spread of COVID-19," Eleazar added.

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As of August 11, the total number of cases in the Philippines is at 1,688,040 with 12,021 new cases on Wednesday. This is the highest count of daily confirmed cases since April.

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