MANILA - An upscale subdivision in Makati has allowed residents of the gated village to go out of their homes to exercise, even while Metro Manila remains under an enhanced community quarantine to curb the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Bel-Air Village in Makati has relaxed its quarantine policy since there are no persons under investigation and persons under monitoring in the subdivision, the village association said in a memo distributed to homeowners, Wednesday.
The policy will "allow the Bel-Air Village Association Board to observe the residents' ability to slowly transition to normalcy after the extension of the enhanced community quarantine is terminated," the memo read.
"This will also allow our residents to put in place additional security health measures that may be necessary within their own homes as we slowly transition to a post-quarantine environment," it said.
Under the policy, Bel-Air Village residents will be allowed to "walk (with or without dogs), jog or bike within the village solely for exercise purposes," the memo read.
According to the subdivision's rule, those who will leave exercise outdoors will be required to:
- Walk, jog or bike only along their street of residence
- Observe at least 3 meters distance from other walkers, joggers or bikers
- Wear masks, preferably with goggle or face shields while outdoors
- Limit their activities to 45 minutes per day
Chatting or socializing while exercising outdoors is prohibited, according to the memo.
Children below 12-years-old and "those with physical disabilities" are not allowed to leave their homes, it said.
"Our security personnel will monitor the streets to ensure that the aforementioned guidelines are followed," it said.
Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay has yet to respond to a request for comment.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier extended the lockdown in several areas, including Metro Manila, until May 15 as the Philippines continues to battle the spread of COVID-19.
Under the national government's policy, the public is banned from leaving their homes except for those who need to go to the hospital, bank, grocery, and other essential establishments.
Frontline workers, bankers, BPO employees and those part of essential workforces are exempted from the policy.
Source : ABS CBN