Sports played in single matches allowed

Fadhil Yunus

Sports performed in the form of a single match or individuals engaging in sporting activities focussed on one-on-one play are allowed for one hour as part of the updated guidelines for indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

Previously, only sports played on a solo or individual basis were allowed following the reopening of indoor and outdoor sports facilities on May 16.

Sports classified as holding single matches that are allowed are badminton, tennis, squash, ping pong, cue sports, lawn bowls, petanque and archery.

The move follows steps to implement a de-escalation plan in phases, which is currently in Phase 1 or Operational Readiness Level 1 where four types of sport facilities and complexes have been reopened.

Meanwhile, the guidelines for the use of gym and fitness centres and golf courses, which was enforced from May 16, has been maintained.

Organised sports, team sports or sports which involve contact regardless of a sporting event or tournament are still not allowed in this phase.

Meanwhile, the public and sports facilities managers have been reminded to continue practising the existing guidelines from the Ministry of Health which is to constantly uphold social responsibility, ensure physical distancing and ensure personal hygiene as well as the cleanliness of equipment and surroundings of facilities at all times.

Users must register by advanced booking and download the BruHealth app for QR code registration to book the sporting facility. Owners of sports facilities and complexes must also maintain a booking system and timetable to ensure staff and user safety.

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will inform on the developments concerning de-escalation plans in phases from time to time.

For information, owners of premises and the public can refer to the detailed guidelines prepared by the MCYS through the Department of Youth and Sports website at www.belia-sukan.gov.bn.