Ban on outdoor exercise to be strictly enforced by police

NCRPO officers excercising indoors to the Voltes V theme (Youtube: NCR PO Fitness Team)
NCRPO officers excercising indoors to the Voltes V theme (Youtube: NCR PO Fitness Team)

At least Metro Manilans can use ECQ time to get fit, right? Wrong, says Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Guillermo Eleazar, as he reminded his officers to strictly enforce the prohibition on outdoor exercise.

“The prohibition on outdoor activities is the decision of our Metro Manila mayors, and it needs to be enforced by your PNP for the welfare of all, especially since there are many confirmed cases among children, including infants, who have caught Covid-19,” said Police General Eleazar in a statement.

Eleazar also asked police commanders to disperse information about this rule through Oplan Bandillo, where police officers use megaphones on patrol vehicles to make announcements in neighborhoods. He also appealed to Metro Manilans to cooperate and follow the new rules, asking people “na huwag nang mag-alburoto at mamilosopo pa”.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) released the new regulation prohibiting outdoor exercise last Monday.

According to health experts, however, transmission of the Covid-19 virus is massively reduced by being outdoors.

Read: Originally meant as a measure against EJKs, PNP bodycams are now at ECQ checkpoints

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