Outdoor sports facilities re-open after two-month closure

Fadhil Yunus

Golf courses and driving range facilities were among those that were reopened to the public yesterday following the first phase of the re-opening of sports facilities and complexes in the country.

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports announced that four types of sports facilities and complexes will be opened including gym and fitness centres, indoor sport facilities, outdoor sport facilities and golf courses.

One of the establishments that recommenced their operations since a two-month closure due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was the Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) Driving Range in Berakas last night.

The driving range and putting facilities were readily available with golfing members and enthusiasts seen reaching out for their golf clubs.

Nevertheless, establishments must comply with guidelines for outdoor facilities including operating at 30 per cent capacity at any a time. Users must also register in advance and the usage of such facilities is only for individual use.

Golfers at the RBA Driving Range. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

Last night’s session saw the public use of sports facilities for the first time in two months, since the announcement was made on the closure of all sports facilities and complexes.

Driving activity is categorised as one of the individual sports and could be seen as an alternative practice without the use of a full golf course.

The re-opening of golf courses also gives the nod for national golf athletes to resume standard training having seen no access to golf facilities since the closure.

Team sports, organised sports and sports requiring contact are still not allowed while swimming pool facilities still remain closed.

However, with the re-opening of gym and fitness centres, improved access to fitness equipment could be seen as a boost for national athletes, who have seen their training limited to home workouts and a schedule provided by their coaches.