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Sports and physical activities resume in Phase 2

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Take note of these guidelines before you hit the gyms and swimming pools.

Singapore has moved into Phase 2 of its exit from the circuit breaker. With this new phase, Singaporeans can now look forward to resuming almost all types of physical activities and exercise.

Sports and recreational facilities such as swimming pools, stadiums, fitness studios, gyms, indoor sport halls, outdoor courts, bowling centres and golf courses may now open.

These include privately-owned facilities in condominiums as well. The Rink@Jcube, however, will only be open from Jul 3.

Sport Singapore also issued an advisory for how physical activities can be safely carried out in Phase 2.

Speaking at a Facebook Live Chat organised by Sport Singapore on Jun 18, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu highlighted the difficulty of prescribing exact guidelines for all types of physical activities. Instead, she encouraged people to adhere to the spirit of these guidelines to the best of their abilities.

"We urge everybody to err on the side of caution as we begin Phase 2, to prevent a resurgence of cases and having to shut down sports facilities again," she said.

The advisory states that each facility cannot hold more than 50 people at a time and individuals should maintain a physical distance of 2m from each other while exercising.

For high-intensity activities, a physical distance of 3m should be maintained.

Group sports and exercises are limited to five participants and may include an additional instructor or coach.

Multiple groups may share a common space, but the groups must not interact and must maintain a distance of 3m apart from one another at all times.

Contact sports, such as touch rugby, are also allowed under these guidelines, but contact between participants should be brief.

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Contact sports that involve extensive body contact should be modified to ensure minimal contact and kept to a group size of five.
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Masks can be taken off when performing strenuous activities, but should still be worn as far as possible.

Sharing of equipment is advised against. If this cannot be avoided, equipment should be wiped down and sanitised frequently.

Lim Teck Yin, the CEO of Sport Singapore, said that we should be mindful not to hang around in locker rooms and common areas after exercising.

"After your exercise, move on and return home. We should not be looking at the gym now as a place to conduct our social activities," said Mr Lim.

Ms Fu also cautioned Singaporeans not to treat these coming weeks as a time for socialising.

"The exercises and fitness classes we're looking at should really just be for exercise. It's for a functional purpose, such that we all get the exercise we need," she said. 

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